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Ó Snodaigh contacts Comreg over postal disruption in Ballyfermot

27 February, 2007

Dublin South Central TD, Aengus Ó Snodaigh has written to Comreg (Commission for Communications Regulation), to draw attention to the disruption in the Ballyfermot postal district since January.

Ó Snodaigh, who believes that the rationalisation plan introduced by An Post in January, is the root of the problem, in which they have decided to increase all postal delivery routes from the Ballyfermot office by 50%, making some of the routes physically impossible to complete in a normal working day. They have reduced the number of staff in the area and have shortened the opening hours in the district office, to between 7.30 and 10am, instead of the 12 hours opening (7am - 7pm) in the past, this means that post isn't delivered or collectable everyday.

Since January there have been two different delivery systems, one involved starting at different ends of the delivery routes on alternate days, leading to the other end of the route not having a delivery on those alternate days. The other involved what is now as a collapsible route, which required that preference be given to one route over another. In particular this involves ensuring delivery of mail to businesses as a priority, which means if the delivery person for that route is ill etc. a delivery person is taken off another route to deliver it. The other route then is done on overtime if staff is available on the next day or at the weekend. This has affected parts of Lower Ballyfermot and Cherry Orchard in particular.

Ó Snodaigh said, "I have been approached by many local residents who have informed me that they have not received their Social Welfare cheques, many local businesses have also approached me whose businesses have been disrupted due to the delay in receiving their post. Therefore, I have written to Comreg to draw their attention to the ongoing situation in the Ballyfermot postal district. I have appealed to them to use their position to intervene before the service descends into total chaos, I have asked for them to impress on An Post that they have a public service obligation to deliver post daily from Monday to Friday, and that their new work practices seem to be interfering with this obligation." CRÍOCH

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