COMMUNICATIONS Minister Pat Rabbitte has told the Irish Postmasters’ Union’s Annual Conference that Ireland’s embattled post-offices can thrive in a modern cashless landscape.
Speaking at the conference in Dublin the Minister stressed the importance of a strong network of post offices.
“I have written to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform in the context of the Government’s reform agenda for the public service and have drawn attention to the potential range of additional services which could be run through the post office network’’ Mr Rabbitte told the conference.
‘‘I continue to remind my Cabinet colleagues of the benefits of using the network for Government business.”
Mr Rabbitte noted of a post office network extends to almost 1,150 outlets and reaches almost 1.7 million customers that he would battle to ensure Irish post offices retained critical contracts such as ‘‘the Department of Social Protection contract and the National Treasury Management Agency contract’’.
He also praised the ability of post offices to adapt to a changing role.
Already, he said, ‘‘the post office is more and more of a one-stop-shop, where bills can be paid, foreign exchange bought, mobile phones topped up, passport applications expressly transmitted, together with a range of banking and other financial services.’’
The ability of An Post to deal with change allied to ‘‘the valuable front line experience of the Postmasters will help retain the faith of customers to come back time and time again for a high quality, efficient, comprehensive and, above all, personal touch of a locally led business community service.”