An Post says delays inevitable as its strives to deliver parcels
Published 22/12/2010 | 05:00
AN POST promised yesterday to make every effort to deliver Christmas parcels before Saturday but admitted there would be inevitable delays.
The company said there was "particular difficulties" delivering to parts of south Dublin, Wicklow, Wexford and Kildare because of the heavy snowfall, but that staff were working around the clock to get the mail delivered.
Areas worst affected include Dublin 14 and 16, Blackrock, Bray, Greystones, Wicklow, Gorey, Enniscorthy, and Maynooth.
A spokesman said yesterday it was delivering some 7.5 million items of mail every day without any problems, but that adverse weather conditions could result in delays.
The situation was compounded by airport closures across Europe, which had resulted in delays to incoming and outgoing mail.
"Mail has slowed up all over the country, and Leinster in particular has been hit," he said. "We are making deliveries across the country. We're doing our best to get mail to customers where it's safe to do so.
"There will be delays in Dublin because it was hit last night. We have cleared the backlog from the previous cold snap. It should be okay, if conditions don't get a lot worse."
The company delivers 2.5 million items of mail on a 'normal' day. At Christmas, this increases to 7.5 million items.
"Deliveries are taking place nationwide and we are doing all we can to get mail to customers in all areas where it's safe and possible for us to do so."
Mail will be delivered on Christmas Eve as 6,000 postal workers across the country work to get parcels delivered in time for Christmas.