Concern about post office future
GOREY TOWN Councillors expressed concern that Gorey Post Office could be affected by new postal facilities at the new Tesco Extra store in the town.
Cllr Lorcan Allen told last week's Council meeting that staff at the Post Office are very very worried there could be redundancies, now that Tesco is offering postal services. He claimed that staff in other supermarkets in the town have gone 'short-term' since the arrival of the new Tesco Extra store, saying he had warned this might happen.
Cllr Robert Ireton told the meeting that they were assured that when the Post Office sorting office moved, the queuing problems at the branch would be sorted. 'There are enough unemployed people in the town that they could put behind the desks to help serve people quicker,' he stated.
Cllr Colin Webb said that a Post Office Manager came to a previous meeting and said that when An Post was given the Social Welfare payments contract, they were given extra money. 'No extra staff were put on,' he said. 'You go in and there could be two staff on. They need more staff on, and they need to hire more staff there.'