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An Post is being accused of putting small Kerry post offices under pressure and possibly closing some due to a decision to centralise mail sorting services in South Kerry.

An Post is moving its mail sorting offices from Kenmare, Sneem, Lauragh, and Kilgarvan.
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The process is part of a programme that has already been completed in other parts of the county.

Under the plan 12 post workers will all operate out of one central premises instead of the current spread between Kenmare, Kilgarvan, Sneem, and Lauragh post offices

An Post have said they have not yet identified a location for the new office but that the process could be completed by the end of the year and claim the decision will mean more efficient handling of mail.

It also claims there will be no impact on local post offices or staff numbers.

However, Lauragh Post mistress Jenny Riney told Radio Kerry the decision will mean a significant reduction in income for post offices who lose their mail sorting business and this loss of income will mean that it will be unviable for smaller offices to remain open.

She said this will result in a complete loss of services in the local community

She described the decision as death by a thousand cuts for rural communities.

Cllr Dan McCarthy has described the decision as a disastrous move for local post offices as has Deputy Michael Healy Rae who has requested that An Post leave the services as they are at present.