Ban­don as­sured of fu­ture of their post of­fice

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Áilín Quin­lan

There is no threat to the fu­ture of the post of­fice in Ban­don, An Post has con­fimed.

The cur­rent post­mas­ter in Ban­don is due to re­tire at the end of the year and spec­u­la­tion has been rife in the town as to what might hap­pen to its post of­fice.

How­ever, a spokesman for An Post said it had al­ready ad­ver­tised the va­cant con­tract and now has a num­ber of ap­pli­cants in­ter­ested in tak­ing up the po­si­tion.

“We are plan­ning to ap­point a new con­trac­tor in the com­ing weeks. We are look­ing at hav­ing a new post of­fice for Ban­don and we have a num­ber of con­trac­tors in­ter­ested in this.”

The pub­lic could be as­sured, he added, that there was no threat to the fu­ture of the post of­fice.

“There will con­tinue to be a post of­fice in the town. We hope to have ap­pointed a new post of­fice con­trac­tor in the com­ing weeks.

“Ban­don is one of our busier post of­fices so there is ab­so­lutely no threat to the fu­ture of the postal ser­vice in Ban­don.”

Last April, An Post in­di­cated that more than 260 post of­fices around the coun­try were con­sid­ered to be no longer vi­able and may face clo­sure.

An Post chief ex­ec­u­tive David McRed­mond said at the time that if the com­pany did not make the changes needed for the fu­ture, the sys­tem would col­lapse.

He had pre­vi­ously said that in­ter­na­tional com­par­isons showed An Post was one of the few na­tional postal com­pa­nies which still of­fered let­ter de­liv­er­ies to ev­ery town, vil­lage and ad­dress ev­ery day.

Mr McRed­mond also stated, how­ever, that it was his am­bi­tion to en­sure that ev­ery vil­lage of more than 200 peo­ple had ac­cess to a post of­fice, adding that cur­rently many com­mu­ni­ties had up to five post of­fices to choose in a ra­dius of about 15 kilo­me­tres.

In­side the cur­rent post of­fice at Ban­don.

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