An Post have no plans to extend their premises, Portlaoise Town Council heard last week.
Cllr Caroline Dwane had asked the council to contact An Post and urge them to increase the size of the post office, which she had understood had become vacant. However, in reply to the motion, An Post said they had no plans to move or extend in the short or medium term.
Cllr Dwane was disappointed.
“That’s disappointing to hear. The existing post office is far too small. A town with a population of 20,000 has only one post office,” she pointed out.
Cllr Dwane said there was no privacy for people in the existing post office and that people avoided it on certain days because of the queues.
“It’s awful to see senior citizens queuing for a long time,” she said.
Cllr Dwane said that personally she paid her bills through the facility in shops to avoid going to the post office.
“Through the years councillors have asked that the old post office be reopened. The unit where the pound shop was is vacant now,” she said.
Cllr Dwane asked that the council send a letter back to An Post, asking them to consider extending into the vacant unit.