Get those cards in the mail now, An Post urges
AN POST has urged customers to post Christmas cards and presents as soon as possible as the country prepares to be gripped by another cold snap.
A spokesman said yesterday it was delivering some 7.5 million items of mail every day without any problems, but that adverse weather conditions could result in delays.
But he rejected claims that families faced a disappointing Christmas because presents were not arriving in homes.
There was no backlog, he insisted, saying that staff worked around the clock to keep the mail system operating.
"We have no problems at all," Angus Laverty said.
"The backlog has been cleared from the cold snap of last week, and if the weather deteriorates we'll do the same.
"We did have difficulty dealing with the conditions in the last few weeks, but staff worked around the clock to deal with that. We will repeat the process that we had last week. We work right up until the last minute, with deliveries on Christmas Eve."
But he warned people to post items as soon as possible as a precaution.
"People should be aware of the fact there may be a cold snap and conditions may be difficult so act accordingly.
"Volumes triple at this time of year but the systems seems to have held up remarkably well. There's about 2.5 million items that come through the system every day, and that triples around this time."
There are 6,000 postal workers across the country charged with delivering mail, using a fleet of 2,680 vehicles and 1,645 bicycles.
An Post said its dedicated shopping website -- www.iloveshopping.ie -- doubled its business in the first three days of the recent Big Freeze which began on November 29 last.
"Business to that website had gone up 100pc compared with the first three days of the previous week," he added.