500,000 sign new petition to save the post office network
Up to half a million people have signed a petition calling for greater Government action to secure the future of the post office network.
The petition, organised by the Irish Postmasters' Union (IPU) was presented to Communications Minister Alex White yesterday.
IPU general secretary Ned O'Hara said any failure by the Government to support post offices would result in 500,000 people being let down.
"There is very strong public support in all parts of the country to retain, support and develop the economic, social and community role of Post Offices," he said.
"We need to see a meaningful national plan, together with commitment to implementation, which will support maintaining Social Protection payments through the Post Office Network, new public services delivered through Post Offices, basic banking in the Post Office and the roll-out of new commercial and financial products."