Sick An Post worker's case to be heard in Dail

By Alan O'Keeffe

A postal worker who was seriously ill when requested to report for a workplace health check, will not return to work for at least another two months.

Eamonn Walsh (60) said he was in a hospital bed being treated for a severe infection when he was given a date to 
report to a company occupational health therapist.


He said he was shocked as he had informed An Post about his serious illness and had submitted a number of doctor's certs.

He has now complained about An Post's dealings with him in a letter to Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte. His case will be raised in a parliamentary question to the minister by TD Richard Boyd Barrett. After Mr Walsh's plight was highlighted in t he Herald last month, the Dublin letter and parcel sorter received a large number of supportive messages

Speaking at his home in 
Tallaght, the father-of-two said: "It now appears I may be 
unable to work for another two months. My work is quite demanding and involves lifting 30kg parcels."

Mr Walsh said he received a steroid injection on May 22 into his shoulder for a lifting injury. The area became infected and he was admitted to the Santry Sports Clinic hospital.


"Since then, my condition worsened and the infection spread into my kidneys and lungs. I was transferred to Beaumont Hospital where I was a patient for another week," he said.

He is undergoing regular monitoring for further infection and has a number of upcoming physiotherapy appointments.

An Post stated it does not comment on staff matters.