Safety first as postal workers prepare for fashion makeover
STICK to the letter of the law -- is what the country's postmen and postwomen have been told to do.
In all, 2,500 postal delivery personnel at An Post have been issued with safety helmets to wear when delivering the post by bicycle.
And postal workers are shortly due a fashion makeover when their brand new uniforms -- redesigned by top Irish couturier Paul Costello -- are unveiled.
Galway postwoman, Marie Hynes, was spotted sporting the new safety headgear on her route when our photographer, Andrew Downes, caught up with her yesterday.
An Post spokeswoman, Anna McHugh, said it was the company's health and safety policy to ensure that all cycle delivery staff wear helmets.
"An Post has 1,600 cycle delivery routes across the country, mainly in towns and cities. In all, 2,500 staff were equipped with high quality cycle helmets over the past few weeks, so as to cover reserve staff and others who fill in for holiday leave etc," Ms McHugh said.
The headgear is the first step in the major makeover of the postal service.
"Details of the new uniform are top secret at the moment, but suffice it to say that our men and women will be turning a few heads," Ms McHugh said.
An Post employs a total of 6,000 mail collection and delivery staff.