Shock closure of post office 'at heart of community' stuns south Dublin village

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South Dublin locals are set for huge inconvenience after it was announced that Mount Merrion post office will close next week.

The closure at the end of next month will mean some locals will face 40 minute plus walks to and from the nearest post office at Stillorgan.

The office, in The Rise area of Mount Merrion, Blackrock, is set to close its doors on March 31 when the postmaster moves on.

After after he announced he wanted to leave, An Post advertised the vacant contract on three separate occasions but nobody applied.

As such, An Post says, they have no choice but to close the office.

Local Fine Gael councillor Barry Saul says it will be an awful blow for the community.

He exclusively told Dublin Live that it is a major disappointment to the area.

He said: “It seems that nobody wants to take on the responsibility and run it, after advertising three times nobody has come forward.

“The Government needs to ask An Post to review what they offer the postmasters and keep the branches open.

“There’s close to 4,000 people living in and around it, it’s in a very residential area.

“We talk about 10 minute cities and the environmental movement with people having to drive or get public transport to go to their basic services.

“It’s not like there’s no demand for it, so hopefully something can be done.”

The post office has been in the local newsagents for many years according to Cllr Saul.

“The post office has been there since I was born and it’s in the heart of a very residential area, the vast majority of people of all ages and maybe more senior ages use it.

“It’s probably the biggest blow in terms of people having to get into the car and go to Stillorgan or Blackrock, and at the same time we’re encouraging everyone not to drive and have more local services in terms of schools, GPs and shops.

“People go there instead of banking, my mother would go there and take money out rather than driving to a bank.

“It’s still very busy and used by a lot of people but post offices are going and banks are going, a certain age will be more affected by it than others,” he continued.

According to An Post, customers in receipt of payments from the Department of Social Protection will be transferred to Stillorgan.

They will have the option to remain with Stillorgan or they can move to another nearby post office such as Blackrock or Drumartin.

An Post said in a statement: “Mount Merrion post office will close on March 31st next.

“Our Postmaster in Mount Merrion informed us that he wished to leave the business. We advertised the vacant contract there on three occasions but to no avail.

“We have no alternative but to allow the Postmaster to proceed with his own plans and close the office on March 31st.

“We regret the fact that Mount Merrion post office will close but want to assure you that every effort was made to find a new contractor to provide post office services to the area.”

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Source: Dublin News