By Ronan Dodd
The decision by An Post to move the sorting office at Templemore Post Office to Thurles has been described by town Mayor Cllr Jim O’Shea as a “smack in the face to rural dwellers’.
The sorting office in Hassey’s shop is being transferred to Thurles and the seven staff there made the move this week.
The move had been signalled for some time and has been opposed by Templemore Town Council.
Mayor O’Shea this Monday described the closure of the sorting office as “an inconvenience”, saying it would “take away from the business of the town”.
He said that it was a case of somebody in Dublin “putting money before people”, and that the decision would lead to a reduced quality of service in Templemore.
Cllr O’Shea questioned the cost of sending post office vans back and forth from Templemore each day.
“We are the only country doing this,” he said. “In England they have reinvented local services.”
However, Mayor O’Shea said that he glad to hear that the post office element in the shop was being retained.
Jim Hassey, who runs the post office in the shop, was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.