KILMAC’S POST OF­FICE IS SHUT

AN POST SEEK­ING SUB­MIS­SIONS FROM PUB­LIC ON FU­TURE OF OF­FICE

Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - By MARY FOGARTY

THE POST OF­FICE at Kil­macanogue closed on Tues­day – and will re­main so in­def­i­nitely.

An Post said that this is due to cir­cum­stances be­yond their con­trol. They are seek­ing sub­mis­sions from the pub­lic by March 8 with re­gard to the pos­si­bil­ity of pro­vid­ing a post of­fice else­where in Kil­macanogue in the fu­ture.

The clo­sure took place with­out no­tice on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 14.

All so­cial wel­fare pay­ments have been trans­ferred to the Quins­boro Road of­fice in Bray.

THE post of­fice in Kil­macanouge will re­main closed for an in­def­i­nite pe­riod af­ter An Post con­firmed that the con­tract has been ter­mi­nated.

An Post said that this was due to ‘cir­cum­stances be­yond our con­trol’.

‘An Post is con­sid­er­ing the fu­ture post of­fice ser­vice pro­vi­sion at Kil­macanogue, which could in­clude the per­ma­nent clo­sure of the of­fice,’ a spokesper­son said yes­ter­day (Tues­day). ‘How­ever, be­fore the com­pany takes any de­ci­sion, in­ter­ested par­ties who wish to do so are in­vited to sub­mit their views on the mat­ter no later than March 8, 2017.’

An Post said that in com­ing to a de­ci­sion, they will take ac­count of net­work cov­er­age needs, the level of busi­ness at the of­fice, cus­tomer ac­cess to ser­vice else­where and the ca­pac­ity of neigh­bour­ing of­fices to han­dle busi­ness if the of­fice closes.’

A spokesman for An Post said that if there is to be a post of- fice in the vil­lage in the fu­ture, it will likely be at a dif­fer­ent premises.

The fa­cil­ity closed last Tues­day with­out no­tice, and with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

A spokesman for An Post said this week that they could not elab­o­rate fur­ther on the cir­cum­stances be­tween the body and the con­trac­tor. Mean­while, so­cial wel­fare pay­ments have been trans­ferred to the ppost of­fice on Bray’s QQuins­boro Road. Lo­cals in Kilmac un­der­stood that the fu­ture of the post of­fice was se­cured in 22014, when Ceire Kennedy took over as post­mistress fol­low­ing the death of her greataunt An­gela Don­nelly. This fol­lowed a cam­paign led lo­cally by res­i­dent Paul Pren­der­gast and Cllr Christo­pher Fox, who gath­ered 1,400 sig­na­tures ap­peal­ing for the of­fice to re­main in that lo­ca­tion. An­gela ran the lo­cal post of­fice from the 1960s, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of her mother Bri­die Keenan.

Ceire worked along­side An­gela for some time and un­of­fi­cially took over the reigns af­ter her death in Au­gust 2013.

Deputy John Brady said that there is a lot of con­cern in the Kil­macanogue area, par­tic­u­larly fol­low­ing the clo­sure of the Laragh post of­fice, and sub­se­quent cam­paign to re-open it.

‘ The post of­fice is an in­te­gral part of a small, tight-knit com­mu­nity,’ said Deputy Brady.

Sub­mis­sions to An Post re­gard­ing Kilmac Post Of­fice should be with Alan McLaugh­lin, Re­gional Op­er­a­tions Man­ager, Block 3B, GPO, O’Con­nell Street, Dublin 1, by March 8.

TheTh post of­fice in Kil­macanogue. LEFT:LE the no­tice posted up out­side the of­fice last week.

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