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Wednesday 19 September 2018

No compulsory post office closures due to landmark deal with An Post - Denis Naughten

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Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

There will be no compulsory post office closures due to a landmark deal with An Post, according to a minister.

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten welcomed an agreement between the postal service and the Irish Postmasters' Union.

The deal means An Post will invest €50m to modernise the postal network, and post offices will provide new financial and government services.

"The fact that there will be no compulsory closures of post offices is a hugely significant outcome of these negotiations," he said.

"Any decision to exit or stay in the business will be a decision for each individual postmaster to make.

"Today’s announcement represents the best opportunity to start a new and exciting chapter for the post office network and I look forward to the successful implementation by all parties of the agreement."

Talks were underway for three months and 80pc of the postmasters' union backed the deal, which includes a revised postmasters' contract.

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