Cabinet to review plans on future of post offices
POSTMASTERS have been invited to make a detailed submission on the future of post offices to a cabinet committee.
It will set out the recommendations from the Irish Postmasters' Union (IPU) on how the long-term sustainability of post offices can be secured.
The development follows a meeting between the union and Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte this week. General secretary of the IPU Brian McGann said the meeting was a positive step.
Postmasters are concerned for the future of the network, following an independent report by Grant Thornton, which found significant numbers of post offices nationwide would close by 2017.
The Department of Communications and An Post did not comment when contacted by the Irish Independent yesterday.
* An article in yesterday's Irish Independent reported that the Government is considering a cap on 'post and pay' sites within supermarkets.
In fact it was confirmed that a current trial of sites in a 'post and pay' pilot scheme would be limited to 10 Tesco stores, and Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte will then receive a report on the matter.
We are happy to clarify this issue.