THE Irish Postmasters' Union (IPU) is preparing to put forward a panel of candidates for the General Election.
The union today warned that its members are "deeply concerned" about the future of their businesses and urged the Government to take immediate action to protect the network.
Launching its six point action plan, IPU chiefs demanded that the post office network be recognised as a "national asset".
And the union called for the provision of funding for the rollout of a standard bak account service in post offices.
IPU chiefs also called on An Post to immediately cease any further introduction of Post and Pay outlets, which offer postal services in large supermarkets.
Speaking to Independent.ie this afternoon, IPU President Ciaran McEntee said union members are interested in putting forward general election candidates.
"This matter will be discussed at the IPU's conference in May. Certainly putting forward election candidates is being considered," he said.