A councillor has blamed local TDs for the looming closure of Dodsboro Post Office in Lucan.
The recent decision by An Post to relocate to a new office in Super Valu Lucan has been described as “another blow to the community” by Ind 4Change Cllr Ruth Nolan.
“Our TDs fell short in the campaign to secure the service in Dodsboro,” Cllr Nolan told Dublin Gazette.
“In my opinion they did nothing to secure it in Dodsboro because some of them were involved in the new legislation to close post offices around the country brought in by former Minister Denis Naughten.”
The closure of the Dodsboro Post Office is also a blow to many in the community who campaigned to keep it open.
Last September concerned local residents started a petition and protested in an attempt to keep the current Post Office open.
The “Save Dodsboro Post Office” campaign organised a very well supported demonstration with over 300 people gathering outside the post office to show their support.
They also collected 2,300 signatures calling for the post office to stay open and sent them to An Post CEO David McRedmond.
Cllr Nolan said: “It has been confirmed the new post master is Luke Moriarty from Super Valu Palmerstown.
“Again unfortunately the new premises to open in Super Valu Lucan will not be ready for a few months and customers are expected to travel to Ballyowen in the meantime.
“This is going to be very inconvenient for the many elderly residents who will now have to travel to Ballyowen.
“The owner of the Spar in Dodsboro has done everything in his power to hold the post office there but the bigger fish have prevailed.”
The closure is part of An Post’s Post Office Transformation Programme and €50m investment in the Post Office network which will see 161 post offices nationwide close.
Debbie Byrne, managing director of An Post said the company was “committed to ensuring the sustainability and viability of the Post Office network”.
“The An Post team has done painstaking work combining business and demographic data with extensive local knowledge to produce a network plan,” she said.
“We are committed to ensuring a vibrant network for all our customers through investment and the expansion of e-commerce, financial and government services to drive usage and relevancy of the post office in today’s changing environment, she added.
“We fully acknowledge that this process will be difficult for some customers and communities but the end result will be a strengthened, viable post office network serving the needs of our country for the future,’’ she concluded.