The Irish Postmaster’s Union (IPU) warmly welcomes the Government decision to award An Post another contract to provide over the counter cash transactions.
But while we welcome this announcement, serious danger lurks: the network could be devastated by current Government policy.
Let nobody be under any illusions-the Post Office network has not been made safe by this contract. Another tender is to be issued soon that could spell the death-knell to some 400 Post Office throughout the country, many of them in Tipperary. Post Offices’ income is based on each transaction it processes on behalf of clients and customers and if the Government presses ahead with its drive for all social welfare payments to be delivered electronically that income will be devastated. The social welfare contract accounts for some 35% of Post Office business and if this is lost it will be catastrophic.
Yours, Sean Martin,