An Post Offices in Dundalk to remain open on Thursday

Social welfare payments have been brought forward a day to help those in need

Barry Landy

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An Post Offices in Dundalk to remain open on Thursday

An Post services will be available on Thursday despite severe weather warnings

All mail services in Dundalk and County Louth were suspended from 3pm today, An Post have confirmed. 

Earlier on Wednesday, The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection said that any social welfare recipient who is due to receive a payment on Friday, can pick it up a day earlier - on Thursday. 

The Department says that it is aware that the expected severe weather conditions this week may make it difficult for customers whose payment is due on Friday.

Social Welfare payments made on Friday include State Pension Contributory & Non Contributory, Widows Pension Contributory & Non Contributory, Guardians Payment, Invalidity Pension, Disablement Benefit and Blind Pension. 

The Department say they have made arrangements with An Post and the banks to provide Friday payments earlier than usual for customers who may need to collect their payment earlier in areas impacted by the severe weather.

"All mail services in red zone counties including County Louth will be suspended from 3pm this afternoon," an An Post spokesperson told the Dundalk Democrat this afternoon. "Tomorrow (Thursday), we intend to open offices, where we can, from 9am to 1pm. But they will close for the day at 1pm."

The spokesperson added that opening times on Thursday and going forward will depend on how conditions develop in certain areas. 

Social Welfare payments due on Friday March 2nd will now be available from Thursday March 1st. Recipients are advised to call ahead on Thursday and Friday to ensure their local office is open. 

There are five An Post offices located in Dundalk town - the main area office on Clanbrassil Street, Quay Street, Castletown, Bridge Street and the Dublin Street located within Tesco Extra. 

The National Emergency Coordination Committee has asked people in Louth and the rest of Leinster and Munster to stay indoors from 4pm on Thursday until midday on Friday.

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