Thursday 23 March 2017

Postmasters' union tells of 'do-or-die battle with Coalition'

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

From left: Ciaran McEntee, President, Ned O'Hara, general secrretary and Sean Martin, treasurer, of the Irish Postmasters Union at Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Tom Burke
From left: Ciaran McEntee, President, Ned O'Hara, general secrretary and Sean Martin, treasurer, of the Irish Postmasters Union at Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Tom Burke

Postmasters have warned of plans to actively campaign against the Government during the General Election campaign in a move that will unnerve rural-based TDs.

The Irish Postmasters' Union (IPU) said it was facing a "do-or-die effort" to ensure the survival of the country's post office network, saying the Government must take immediate action.

Launching its six-point action plan, IPU chiefs demanded that the post office network be recognised as a "national asset".

And the union called for the provision of funding for the roll-out of a standardised bank account system in post offices, as well the introduction of motor tax services. But the IPU said it would call on people to vote against the Government at the next election unless its core demands were met.

A series of motions proposing the fielding of candidates are to be voted upon at the union's annual conference next month.

"Fine Gael and Labour can take the necessary immediate steps before the election to safeguard post offices at the heart of the community. If the Government does not take action, there will be a lot of angry voters in our communities across the country and postmasters will be making their frustration very clear," said IPU president Ciaran McEntee.

Irish Independent

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