Mail boxes moved but not closed -- An Post
Published 13/11/2011 | 05:00
An Post has said it has not closed post boxes -- but it admitted that some have been moved.
The postal service says it is committed to maintaining 5,000 post boxes around the country and there are regulations in place to stop An Post cutting post box numbers.
It means that in urban areas you are never further than 1km away from a place to post your letters while in rural areas customers should be within 3km of a post box.
The density is set by ComReg, the Communications Regulator, and Ireland boasts more post boxes per head of population than most European countries.
However, An Post moves post boxes from time to time for a number of reasons, including changes in road lay-out, traffic dangers posed or to make collecting mail more efficient for staff, a spokesman for An Post said.
"Sometimes you get a change in parking regulations which means that you can't park your car beside a post box to post a letter. In those cases we will move it to a more convenient location," the spokesman said.
There is still controversy over the closure of rural post offices, most recently in Donegal.
The post office in Laghey, near Donegal town, had been closed for some time but An Post has now decided to close it permanently.
"We examined the business need for a post office in Laghey, taking into account a number of factors including level of business conducted in Laghey PO and the numbers of existing post offices in the general area," a statement from An Post said.