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Post still getting through

POSTAL workers are battling through snow -- albeit with frequent slips.

An Post said last night that it was doing everything it could to deliver mail as normal, but that it was "at the mercy of the weather".

Treacherous conditions meant there was only a limited service in several Dublin districts, while there were no deliveries at all in most of counties Wexford and Wicklow. Services in Birr, Co Offaly; Athlone, Co Westmeath; and Navan, Co Meath, were also affected.

Meanwhile, social welfare recipients who were due to get their cheque in the post have been told they can collect them from their local delivery office.

However, one postman who persevered whatever the weather was Cormac O Dalaigh. A postman for the last 25 years, he has continued to deliver the mail on his route in Ranelagh in Dublin.

After a week of icy pavements, recent dustings of snow have only served to hide the dangers beneath.

"Most of us are walking along with our bikes but the bikes keep falling so you spend all your time picking up the mail. I don't think there is a person who hasn't fallen, it's as bad as we've ever seen," he said.

He said footpaths in the city were treacherous and that the number of postal workers hospitalised following slips was now in the "double digits".

The Communications Workers Union said it had received many reports of postal workers suffering injuries from slips and falls in "increasingly treacherous working conditions".

Irish Independent