An Post approves new office for Lucan

by Gazette Reporter

A NEW post office for Lucan has been approved by An Post.
The post office will serve the greater Lucan area.The confirmation follows an 18-month campaign, which saw over 1,500 people in the area sign a petition calling for the new facility.
Key to the concerns of residents is the distance from areas like Lucan South to the existing post offices in Lucan Village and Dodsboro, which in some cases can be over 5km.
Local TD Derek Keating (FG), who headed the petition campaign, said that An Post had confirmed the new facility in a meeting last week and that “everybody will be a winner with a new post office facility in Lucan”.
“I personally believe that it should be located in the Ballyowen area to facilitate the thousands of residents,” said Deputy Keating, who added that the other post offices in the area would be complemented by the new one.
“This new post office will, in my view, complement and indeed, enhance the current two post offices that exist; one in the village and the other in Dodsboro.
“An Post have confirmed to me that new contracts have been agreed with the two current post offices and there is absolutely no threat to the valuable service they provide.”
Dublin Mid-West is one of the fastest growing areas in the State, with one of the youngest populations and Deputy Keating says that it is now starting to catch up with regards to facilities.
“Already this year, the Minister for Education endorsed this by approving large extensions and in some cases, completely new schools totalling nine in all, for the Dublin Mid-West area.”
Keating added that the response to the campaign was “immense” and confirmed that the post office will be in place by the end of the summer.
“I am delighted that a new post office will be in place within four months, offering not only social welfare payments but what I call normal business, such as stamps, postal orders, TV licences and banking, along with other products and services that An Post provide.
A separate confirmation by An Post will follow shortly, and the normal process of tendering will be advertised according to Keating.
“I have had long discussions with An Post on where a suitable location should be for a new post office to meet the needs of the many who completed my campaign form.
“I am satisfied that An Post will take my representations into consideration, but there is commercial sensitivities when deciding on who will be awarded a franchise.
“The people of greater Lucan deserve no less, and I am delighted to have led the campaign to have such a service.”

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