At least 4 out of 10 post offices in Kerry offered redundancy say they will remain open.
Radio Kerry News has contacted the postmasters and postmistresses of 26 post offices in the county who were offered a redundancy package by An Post.
Today is the deadline for their decision.
Last April, An Post announced a rationalisation plan in which around 690 of the State’s 1,022 post offices would be offered a new contract.
The remaining postmasters and postmistresses were offered an effective redundancy package or the prospect of remaining on the existing contract.
In this county, 26 post offices were given the option of redundancy or remaining on the current contract.
Eleven of the 26 say they will remain open – Glenflesk, Headford, Kilcummin, Kilmoyley, Lisselton, Lyreacrompane, Scartaglen, Abbeydorney, Blackwater Bridge, Cordal and Farranfore.
The current post master in Farranfore is not taking the retirement package currently offered under the An Post/Irish Postmasters’ Union deal and he is looking forward to continuing to serve the local community.
Operators at Moyvane and Ballylongford post offices are accepting the redundancy package – it should be noted that closures are not immediate and may take a number of weeks or even months. Moyane should remain open for the next number of months.
The postmistresses in Asdee and Duagh say they are due to retire after 44 and 25 years respectively.
Seven post offices don’t wish to comment – Gneeveguilla, Kilflynn, Mastergeehy, Ballinskelligs, Beaufort, Castlemaine and Causeway.
A message has been left with Ballymacelligott and Currow Post Offices while no decision has been made regarding Knocknagoshel and Banemore Cross Post Offices.
Separately, Ballyduff Post Office, which was not one of the 26 offered redundacy, was offered a contract by An Post and will remain open.