Lack of Outcome of ‘Network Renewal’ or ‘Service Hub’ Working Groups
After extensive work in 2016 to agree a comprehensive plan for the Post Office Network including Postmasters, An Post and Government the promised report of the Network Renewal Working Group remained unpublished into 2017.
Similarily the planned roll out of Pilot Service Hub Post Offices from the Service Hubs Working Group had not materialised.
The reason given for this was to await the outcomes of an ongoing re-structuring and planning process in An Post.
This led to frustration among Postmasters who protested both outside and inside the GPO and also at the Constituency Office of the then Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Castlebar.
Postmasters repeatedly highlighted the urgent need for a plan, investment and additional services for the Network to secure its future.
Postmasters and An Post agreed to engage in a new series of talks during the summer. These talks broke down and the IPU later rejected an An Post proposal in October 2017 which it said would threaten the future of the Network rather than develop its future.
Commitment to the Network
Postmasters remain committed to working with all parties – Government, An Post and Members to achieve a strong future for the Post Office Network, one which best serves communities across the country.