Friday 24 February 2017

Big business calls on Government to save the post offices - report

Independent.ie Business Desk

Independent.ie Business Desk

Those running post offices in villages and towns across the country are afraid they will be forced to close their doors because of social welfare payment changes. Stock image
Those running post offices in villages and towns across the country are afraid they will be forced to close their doors because of social welfare payment changes. Stock image

A host of big business across Ireland and third-level institutions have gotten behind a plan to keep the post office network alive, it is understood.

According to a report in the Irish Examiner, communications firm Ericsson has conducted an investigation into how post offices can remain open.

The investigation found that the offices remain very important to rural communities and Ericsson has called on the Government to implement a pilot scheme that would see the outlets provide technology access, document verification, and social needs.

Ericsson's report follows calls from postmasters to allow offices across the country to offer a wide range of State services including GP link up, prescription drop offs, and a tourism information point.

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