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Reilly welcomes investigation into collapse of Christmas postal delivery system

2 January, 2003


Sinn Féin Councillor Joe Reilly has welcomed today's announcement that there is to be a government investigation into the collapse of An Post's delivery system in the run up to Christmas. He said that it is imperative that any such investigation include the impact of the closure of five of the eight Letter Forwarding Offices last year and not merely the inability of new equipment to deal with different style mail.

Cllr. Reilly said:

"During Christmas week it was clear that there was a serious backlog in the delivery of post, particularly but not solely relating to the Dublin Mail Centre. It is not good enough for An Post to now apologise for the lateness of delivery. The public need answers in relation to what went wrong and why the head of An Post John Hynes waited so long to inform the public that hundreds of thousands of letters posted in December would not be delivered until the New Year.

"Central to any investigation into the matter must be impact of the closure of five of the eight Letter Forwarding Offices last year and the pressure that this is putting on the postal system."ENDS

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