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David McRedmond. Photo Gareth Chaney Collins

David McRedmond. Photo Gareth Chaney Collins

David McRedmond. Photo Gareth Chaney Collins

Mail sorting centres have seen an increase in the number of trampolines and gym equipment delivered to people's homes during the pandemic, but post offices are being warned to not anticipate normal service to bounce back anytime soon.

Post offices have been told to expect operational changes to cope with an "uncertain future" because of a significant decline in business during the Covid-19 crisis.

While there has been a significant increase in the delivery of parcels, including heavy and bulky items being delivered after being bought online, An Post chief executive David McRedmond has told post offices these packages do not offset business losses incurred during the crisis.