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Price of stamps increases as An Post chief warns 'significant number' of post offices to close

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There are currently 1,300 post offices around the country, and the semi-State company is losing up to €12m a year from its branch network.  (Stock image)

There are currently 1,300 post offices around the country, and the semi-State company is losing up to €12m a year from its branch network. (Stock image)

There are currently 1,300 post offices around the country, and the semi-State company is losing up to €12m a year from its branch network. (Stock image)

THE head of An Post has warned that a “significant number” of post offices will close.

And he warned that a large numbers of postal workers are set to be laid off.

An Post boss David McRedmond also revealed that the price of stamps will go from 72c to €1.

His comments come after rural groups reacted with fury to a recommendation in a report for Government that up to 80 post offices may have to close.

A group devising a future strategy for An Post, chaired by businessman Bobby Kerr, has said 80 offices may have to close.

Asked if 80 post offices, mainly in rural areas, would be shut down, Mr McRedmond would not put a number on it.

“There will certainly be a significant number of closures, he said on the ‘Today With Sean O’Rourke’ programme.

Mr McRedmond said that after the post office closures there will still be a large number of branches per head of the population.

An Post is currently considering Kerr report and the level of closure in conjunction with consultants McKinsey. An Post’s board will decide on this in the next few weeks, he said.

The emphasis will be on co-locating post offices and providing post offices in supermarkets, he said.

He revealed that An Post is losing €10m a year, but denied reports that the semi-state company would not be able to pay its 9,000 staff next month.

He said the overall staff numbers in An Post have fallen by 1,700 in the last decade, and hinted that a similar redundancy drive will see a similar number laid off in the next few years.

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