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Post offices aren't just businesses but pillars of our communities

Jim Power


With Covid-19 threatening the network, their social role across the State has a higher value than commerce, writes Jim Power

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VITAL SERVICE: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at his local post office in Dublin's Castleknock last year. Photo: Maxwell Photography

VITAL SERVICE: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at his local post office in Dublin's Castleknock last year. Photo: Maxwell Photography

VITAL SERVICE: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at his local post office in Dublin's Castleknock last year. Photo: Maxwell Photography

COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on the Irish economy. The nature of the statistics we are currently being exposed to, relating to the period from mid-March onwards, is truly extraordinary.

I never believed I would be commenting on a monthly decline of 36pc in retail sales or an unemployment rate jumping from 4.8pc to 28.2pc over a two-month period, but such is the reality of life at the moment.

On the upside, such statistics are reflecting a virtual shutdown of large swathes of the economy, and as it is gradually re-opened, many economic statistics will rebound quite quickly.