Tuesday 19 March 2019

Call for consumers to support post offices by providing insurance renewal details

An Post said it was closing 159 rural post offices across 25 counties last summer

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Charlie Weston Personal Finance Editor

Consumers are being encouraged to provide their home and motor insurance details to their local post office staff in a bid support the An Post network.

The post office network is struggling to remain financially viable.

Last summer An Post said it was closing 159 rural post offices across 25 counties.

The company promised that the remaining 960 post offices around the country will benefit from an “investment package aimed at improving services for customers”.

Now An Post says those who supply their insurance renewal details at their local post office will get a chance to win a €5,000 holiday voucher.

An Post’s subsidiary Post Insurance said any commission payments generated will go directly to consumers’ preferred post office branch.

The company is calling on consumers to support their local post offices by making inquires about insurance products.

An Post head of marketing Gary Finnerty said the promotion is the first of its kind in Ireland.

“It allows people throughout Ireland to make a small but meaningful gesture to support their local post office – with or without making a product or service purchase.”

He claimed it also allows respondents the possibility of making savings on their insurance.

An Post claimed that divers who have a five-year no claims bonus can save up to 75pc on their motor cover by opting for Post Insurance.

Post Insurance wants consumers to submit their car or home details insurance renewal details at any of 500-plus participating post offices.

The post office will take details and pass them to Post Insurance who will contact the consumer for a quote.

Consumers have the option to text POST, with their name, the name of their preferred post office and the month of renewal for their car or home insurance to 51500.

They can also post details by Freepost.

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