Athlone Mail Centre unaffected as Cork centre to close with loss of 240 jobs

Cork Mail Centre is to close – with 240 people to lose their jobs.

An Post’s facility in Little Island will completely shut in nine months’ time.

It was one of four nationwide, including Athlone’s mail centre, that was earmarked for closure in the last number of months.

However, the midlands facility will remain operational as normal.


An Post met staff last night to let them know the Cork Mails Centre will close on a phased basis between September and next March.


An Post says the 11 million euro annual savings from the plant closure will enable An Post to invest more parcels infrastructure.

But 161 part-time and 79 full-time staff are to lose their jobs in Cork Mails Centre over the next nine months.


The Communications Workers’ Union says it’s extremely disappointed with the decision, saying it’s devastating news for staff.