October 1, 2018:
The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) today welcomed the announcement of the Digital Assist pilot programme in ten rural Post Offices across the country.
The announcement includes government funding of €80,000 to equip ten Post Offices with kiosk units to help citizens access Government and Local Authority information and services.
The specially designed units will offer people the facility within the community to easily find State and Local Authority information and Postmasters at each Office have been trained in use of the machines. In addition people can print out their important information free of charge.
The first kiosk has been unveiled at Fogarty’s Quickpick and Post Office in Ballymore Eustace, and further kiosks are to be unveiled at nine further locations including: Athenry, Co. Galway; Ballaghadereen, Co. Roscommon; Carndonagh, Co. Donegal; Castleisland, Co. Kerry; Crossmolina, Co. Mayo; Fethard on Sea, Co. Wexford; Kanturk, Co. Cork; Newbliss, Co. Monaghan and Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo.
IPU General Secretary Ned O’Hara welcomed the initiative: “Postmasters support An Post and Government initiatives which add to transactions and offerings to the public at Post Offices.
“We need to now continue to build on services and offerings at our Post Offices. There are further services that have been committed by An Post which include: Motor tax, vehicle registration and driving licences, identity verification and additional Bill Pay services.
“The IPU would like to also see these rolled out as soon as possible,” Mr O’Hara concluded.
Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: (086) 317 9731.