Fianna Fáil TD for Cork East, Kevin O’Keeffe has said that despite local rumours, he is confident about the future of Youghal Post Office.
Deputy O’Keeffe was commenting after receiving an update from An Post that confirmed that while there may be some service changes at the post office, it will not be closing.
“I was informed by the Public Affairs Manager for the company that the management of Youghal Post Office will move from An Post to a 3rd party contractor.
"In addition, An Post confirmed that ‘The change in business model of the Youghal office at North main Street will not in any way change the range or extent of the services offered by An Post. We remain committed to providing Youghal with the highest level of services for the future.’
“This is welcome news, and while there are challenges with regards to the overall An Post network, and potential closures, it is clear that there is no risk to Youghal Post Office.
“Very few post offices are, in fact, run by An Post directly. Just 50 of the national 1125 post offices are run by An Post, with the vast majority being run by contractors.
“There are those in the area trying to stoke up fears about this post office, but there is no basis to such fears
“My party is clearly opposed to the unnecessary closure of post offices, and has campaigned on this issue right across the country. Our opposition remains resolute and strong.
“However, stoking up fears in communities, such as Youghal, is unfair on the local community, and those doing so should desist,” concluded O’Keeffe.