ANGER is growing in Mountmellick over plans by An Post to relocate the post office.
An outdoor pubic meeting to deal with the issue has been called for 9am this morning (Tuesday) in the Square, to which all local election candidates have been invited.
An Post says it is relocating the post office from Patrick Street to a new unit at the SuperValu supermarket at Connolly Street.
The move, according to one local man, “will not be allowed happen.”
Cyril Morris said that the relocation “would affect the whole town. They tried to move it a few years ago, but it was people power that stopped it and they had to put their plans on the long finger. Nobody in Mountmellick wants it moved. There’s absolutely no reason to move it. Up to 60 businesses feed off the post office and about 200 jobs are dependent on it where it is located. There’s fierce objections to it moving in the town.”
Mr Morris said that he has been given assurances by the minister for justice Charlie Flanagan, along with the former junior minister for health John Moloney, that they will do all in their power to stop the move.
He said: “We are holding this meeting to allow the traders of the town and the people of Mountmellick to show that we are not in favour of this and how strong our objections are.”
For its part, a spokesperson for An Post said that the new office will open on Tuesday 4 June.
“The new office, operated and run by present postmaster Thelma Graham, will be in line with An Post’s ambitious transformation programme offering a new look retail offering to customers, including a move away from old-style post office counter layout.
“The new location offers a great opportunity for An Post to provide a modern new-look post office geared for the needs of new generations of post office customers in Mountmellick. The new location will take advantage of and enhance the location, footfall and car parking offered by the shopping centre, “he said.