Friday 24 November 2017

Postmasters to hold protest amid plans for large scale closures of up post offices

An Post has 1,130 post offices, but many of the smaller ones are loss-making. (Stock image)
An Post has 1,130 post offices, but many of the smaller ones are loss-making. (Stock image) Newsdesk Newsdesk

Postmasters have said they will resist any Post Office closures driven by An Post.

They are to hold a protest outside the GPO next Tuesday, following revelations that approximately 80 Post Offices are set to close. Many of these are in rural areas.

The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) also demanded the immediate publication and implementation of the completed Post Office Network plan chaired by Bobby Kerr.

Ned O'Hara of the IPU said the union had worked with the Post Office Network Strategy Board report,, and the it wants to see this report used to develop future strategies for the network.

“Postmasters are calling on Communications Minister Denis Naughton and the Government to intervene immediately," he said in a statement.

“Bobby Kerr has already drawn all of the information and views together and, while Postmasters do not agree with all of the contents, we believe it offers a workable solution for the Network. The plan includes many new products and services which Post Offices can provide to increase their offering to the public.”

“We call on the Ministers concerned Naughton, Humphreys and Ring to publish the report and demand immediate transition to its implementation. Our Post Office Network is in crisis and delay will damage it further.

“The An Post plan can be discussed when it is published later in the year on its own merits, but it must not delay the collective report that Government, Postmasters and An Post have worked together on.”

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