An Post urged to reopen Santry office


An Post has been urged to reopen a post office in north Dublin which was closed in early August following the death of its postmistress, the controversial Catholic campaigner Míne Bean Uí Chribín.

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Paul McAuliffe today called on the postal service to prioritise the appointment of a new postmaster and to reopen the Santry Avenue post office as a matter of urgency.

He said residents in Ballymun, Shanliss, Oldtown and other parts of Santry have had no service since the office closed on August 7th.

“The area has experienced a huge increase in population in recent years and a failure to replace the service would leave residents and businesses without a service,” Mr McAuliffe said.

An Post yesterday signalled its intention not to reopen the office and to transfer local services to its office in the Omni Park shopping centre in nearby Santry village.

The Omni Park office has been handling the Santry Avenue office services, including social welfare payments, since the latter closed more than three weeks ago.

However, a spokesman for An Post said today the decision on the fate of the Santry Avenue office was not final. He said the company planned to undertake a three-week period of consultation with locals regarding its plan for local services.

He said, at this stage, it was the company’s intention to transfer responsibility for local services to Omni Park office permanently.

Bean Uí Chribín had been the postmistress at the Santry Avenue office for more than 50 years after taking over the role from her father in the late 1950s.