Postmasters welcome ‘Digital Assist’ programme at ten Post Offices

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 […]

Kiwi community banking ‘not a panacea’ for challenges faced by Post Office Network

September 18, 2018: Post Offices need many new services, continued investment and greater use from public  The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) today said that ‘Kiwi community banking’ does not provide a ‘panacea solution’ to the challenges faced by the Post Office Network. IPU General Secretary Ned O’Hara said while that today’s Post Office Dáil march was heartfelt and well-intended, its organisers were misleading communities in presenting ‘Kiwi community banking’ as one-fix-all solution for keeping non-viable Post Offices open. The IPU, which represents approximately 90% of Postmasters, said that the challenges faced by the Network are multi-faceted, as are the solutions and efforts are underway to address these. For example, significant financial and […]

STATEMENT on €50m investment plan for the Post Office Network

August 31, 2018: Post Office closures are happening because of a very challenging context The exits are voluntary and should be respected Consolidation and new services will strengthen the remaining 960 Post Offices An Post must publish a timeline for the roll out of new services The Network will need further review and forward planning in 2020. Context In an ideal world all Post Offices would be thriving and staying open. However, the 159 Offices which have voluntarily chosen to close, as confirmed by An Post on August 28, have been operating within a very challenging context. The overall Network has been in serious decline for many years and significant […]

IPU thanks retiring Postmasters for their service

August 31, 2018: Postmasters call for timeline on new services in Post Offices The Irish Postmasters Union (IPU) today thanked and wished well Postmasters and Postmistresses across the country who have voluntarily opted to close their Post Offices. This follows the announcement this week by An Post that 159 Post Offices have opted to retire and accept a voluntary exit package offered under a plan which was agreed between the IPU and An Post. The €50m investment plan was agreed by the IPU Executive and An Post last April and supported by 80% of IPU members in a Ballot. IPU General Secretary Ned O’Hara said: “It is with regret that […]

Postmasters call for long-term commitment on Social Welfare contract

May 21, 2018: The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) has called for long-term commitment that Social Welfare payments will continue to be transacted through Post Offices – and for a timeline for new services. Speaking at the IPU’s 2018 Annual General Conference in Cavan at the weekend, General Secretary Ned O’Hara called for certainty that Social Welfare payments would continue to be transacted through the Post Office Network into the long-term. Social Welfare payments account for 40% of all Post Office activity, and together with spin off transactions bring 60% of all business into Post Offices. The IPU also called on An Post to make public a detailed plan and timeline […]

Postmasters’ pass ballot to accept new Post Office Plan

May 11, 2018: Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) members have supported a ballot to accept a new plan for the Post Office Network. The IPU Executive had agreed the plan with An Post, but it needed approval from membership. 80% of members voted to support the plan and 20% voted against. IPU General Secretary Ned O’Hara thanked members for returning their vote and for their attendance at the nationwide branch meetings. The IPU will now work ahead with An Post to deliver implementation of the plan – and importantly to ensure the roll out of promised new Government and financial services as quickly as possible. Further Information Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: […]

Postmasters to begin Ballot on Post Office Plan

April 23, 2018: The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) is this week to begin a ballot of its members on a new plan for the future of the Post Office Network. The plan was announced last week and has been agreed by the IPU Executive and An Post. It includes a €50m investment in the Network. IPU General Secretary Ned O’Hara said the IPU Executive was recommending the plan to its members – who would decide in the coming weeks by majority vote. The Executive presented the plan to members at a well-attended meeting in Tullamore on Sunday. Ballot papers are issuing this week with responses due by May 11th. The […]

Postmasters’ Executive and An Post agree Plan for future of Post Office Network

April 20, 2018: The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) has today welcomed the announcement of a new plan for the Post Office Network. Following intensive negotiations with An Post, the IPU Executive has agreed a deal and believes that it represents the best possible plan to sustain as large a Network as possible into the future. The plan will enable the Post Office Network to continue to comprehensively service rural and urban communities throughout the country. For many years there have been enormous challenges faced by the Post Office Network resulting from changes in consumer behaviour, particularly the growth in online transactions. The deal was agreed between the IPU and An […]

Postmasters want Post Offices to retain TV Licence role

4 December, 2017: Postmasters have called for the Post Office Network to maintain a role in the collection of TV Licence fees – which is worth €3m to the Network annually. Postmasters said running the service through the Revenue Commissioners, as proposed by the Joint Oireachtas Committee for Communications last week, would further reduce transactions in the Post Offices which are struggling to stay open with falling revenues. The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) said Government last month announced a €30m investment in the Post Office Network, including sanctioning additional services – and the Committee’s proposal flies contrary to this. IPU Executive member and Cork spokesperson Paddy O’Shea said: “Customers should […]

Postmasters welcome Government investment in Post Office Network

21 November, 2017: IPU calls for speedy implementation of Post Office Network plan, including roll out of additional government services Postmasters today welcomed the announcement of a €30m government investment plan in the Post Office Network, which will help to keep Post Offices open and bring additional government services to communities. The Irish Postmasters Union (IPU) said the announcement made by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Denis Naughten was positive for communities – and called for implementation to begin immediately. The announcement follows more than two years of negotiations which have involved two Reports from Bobby Kerr, intensive talks between Postmasters and An Post and ongoing engagement […]