Portmarnock Post Office on the main street of Portmarnock Village has closed its doors, and is now open at new premises in Dunnes Stores Shopping Centre Carrickhill.
While many locals felt aggrieved at the relocation of the central services which was situated near the church, local primary school, golf links and other shops and services, Deputy Duncan Smith (Lab) contacted An Post to raise local concerns and ascertain An Post’s reasoning for the move.
“I understand that the previous Post Master retired some three years ago. The post offices services remained at the same premises and An Post tried to secure an alternative premises nearby, on the main street.
“Sadly, having acquired a suitable premises, the agreement fell through. So, An Post has relocated to Dunnes Stores Centre at Wendell Avenue, Carrickhill, having approached Dunnes Store so as to source a suitable premises with adequate parking.”
While it is only a four minute drive and less than two kilometres from the main street, many locals, especially senior citizens, feel the walk is just too far and a vital service has been removed from the village centre. While the government and Fingal County Council push to reduce carbon emissions and unnecessary car drives, parents collecting young children from St Marnock’s NS will now be forced to drive to the new post office at Dunnes SC.
The number 102, 42 and H2 bus routes will take passengers to Dunnes in Carrickhill from stops around the area.
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