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27th Jun 2019

An Post to close the Cork mail centre, with 200 people set to lose their jobs

Rebecca O'Keeffe

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Sad news this morning.

An Post has announced that it will be closing its mail centre at Little Island in Cork.

This closure will result in the loss of over 200 jobs in the area.

The decision was made as a result of the 7 percent drop in letter post in the last year.

In a statement released last night, An Post announced it is “consolidating and reducing its letter processing capacity in line with global industry trend”.

The CEO of An Post, David McRedmond, told Morning Ireland today that the decision was the result after a 6 month review.

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He also said that, at present, there are no plans for the other three sorting offices, but also added: “no one can say where we will be in 10 or 20 years’ time”.

David continued, highlighting that the world of mail is changing.

“We’re transitioning from a world of letters to a world of parcels.”

“Everybody in An Post knew we were going to close a mail centre, the question was which one.”

As for the 240 people set to lose their jobs, he said:

“I believe there will be enough jobs for those who want them… certainly for people who want it, we will find those opportunities.”