Postmasters’ reject Post Office proposal as their Contracts are threatened by An Post 

1 October, 2017: Postmasters call on Minister to invest in Post Office Network Postmasters have today voted to reject an An Post proposal on the future of Post Offices – after their Contracts have been threatened by the Company. At a special National Meeting in Athlone today, members of the Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) called on the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten to support an investment programme in the Network which financially recognises the social value of Post Offices. IPU General Secretary, Ned O’Hara, said An Post had contacted all Postmasters over the past two weeks threatening their Contracts over Members’ non co-operation with training on […]


Postmasters withdraw from talks with An Post

19 July 2017:  Postmasters Protest against Government inaction on Post Offices Postmasters protested today against Government inaction to secure the future of the Post Office Network – and announced that they are withdrawing from current talks with An Post. Members of the Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) National Executive gathered at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment today – accusing the Government of overseeing the demise of the Network by doing nothing to support it. IPU General Secretary Ned O’Hara said the protest was as a result of “Government inaction and its continued refusal to invest in its own Network.” The National Executive of the Union has decided to withdraw from […]


Postmasters and An Post to begin month long talks on future of Post Office Network

4 May 2017: Postmasters have agreed to sit down with An Post to enter a month-long process of talks and negotiation to plan the future of the Post Office Network, as Postmasters’ Annual Conference takes place in Westport this weekend. The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) called for An Post to take a dynamic approach to these talks and support new and innovative services at Post Offices, which increase their offering to communities and keep as many Offices as possible open. Speaking in advance of the conference, which takes place this Saturday and Sunday, General Secretary Ned O’Hara said the future of Ireland’s Post Office Network had reached a critical point […]


Postmasters Protest at Taoiseach’s Office calling for action to save hundreds of Post Offices

11 April 2017: Postmasters and the communities they serve protested outside An Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s constituency office in Castlebar today (Tuesday, April 11), demanding urgent action to save hundreds of Post Offices. The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) said that the Taoiseach, as leader of government, must take responsibility for the political limbo regarding the Post Office Network – and will be calling for his resignation if he does not act swiftly. Postmasters are seeking a sustainable future for a maximum number of Post Offices, with delivery of all appropriate Government services through the Network. The protest comes after responsibility for the Network has reverted from Minister of State Michael Ring to Minister for Communications, […]


Taoiseach must resign if action not taken on Post Office Network

6 April 2017: Postmasters and the communities they serve are to protest outside An Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s constituency office next Tuesday demanding clarity on what action Government will take to save 600 Post Offices. The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) said that the Taoiseach, as leader of the government, must take responsibility for the current political fiasco regarding the Post Office Network and Postmasters will be calling for his resignation if he does not act swiftly to clarify the situation. The protest comes as responsibility for the Post Office Network has fallen into a political limbo, after Minister of State Michael Ring handed back responsibility for the Network to Minister Naughten, following a reported heated […]


Postmasters protest at GPO to resist Post Office closures

14 March 2017: Postmasters protested outside the GPO today saying that they will resist any Post Office closures driven by An Post, and are to mobilise a national campaign to support communities and keep Post Offices open. The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) called on politicians, communities and social organisations to give their support. A representative number of Postmasters attended today’s protest which the IPU said wouldn’t affect Post Office services, while a more comprehensive Dáil rally is planned for April. The IPU said all political parties had pledged their support to maintaining and supporting the Post Office Network at election time and they must now live up to their promises. General […]


Postmasters to hold protest at GPO

9 March 2017: Postmasters are to hold a protest outside the GPO next Tuesday saying they will resist any Post Office closures driven by An Post. The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) also demanded the immediate publication and implementation of the completed Post Office Network plan Chaired by Bobby Kerr. IPU General Secretary Ned O’Hara said Government must immediately intervene and stop An Post from stalling the €56m Network development plan. An Post’s Group Chief Executive, David McRedmond, has said that the company wants to stall any decision on planning for future of the Post Office Network until at least next May, while it works on a separate Post Office strategy […]


Resignation of Tom O’Callaghan from Executive of Irish Postmasters’ Union

17 Nov, 2016: It is with regret that the Irish Postmasters’ Union has learnt of Tom O’Callaghan’s resignation from the Executive and Membership of the Union. Mr. O’Callaghan had been under suspension from the Executive due to conduct, a decision taken by Executive in February 2015 and upheld by delegates at the IPU’s 2015 Annual Conference. The IPU is fully committed to securing the best possible future for Ireland’s Post Office Network and was instrumental in securing the current process being led by Bobby Kerr – and including Government, the IPU and An Post – to plan for and resource the future of the Network. The IPU is calling for […]


Postmasters present to Oireachtas Committee on Rural Affairs

9 Nov, 2016: Postmasters highlight need for urgent Government action to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Rural Affairs The Irish Postmasters’ Union made a detailed presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht on November 9, 2016. The presentation was part of an information gathering process being led by the Committee. The hearing was also attended by An Post, the Irish League of Credit Unions, AIB and Bank of Ireland. The Committee is to compile a report on what can be done to support and sustain rural Ireland. IPU General Secretary Ned O’Hara gave a presentation highlighting urgency for: Appropriate investment to protect the […]


IRISH EXAMINER OPINION EDITORIAL: Post Offices can be citizens ‘go to places’ for all State paperwork

2 October, 2016: Postmasters want Post Offices to become ‘the State on Your Doorstep’. What does this mean and how would it benefit citizens? Irish Postmasters’ Union General Secretary Ned O’Hara sets out Postmasters’ vision for the future of Post Offices in Ireland. The vision of Postmasters for the future of Post Offices is for them to evolve into community based State and social service centres, which connect the citizen to the State in as comprehensive and useful a manner as possible. Postmasters call this vision ‘the State on Your Doorstep’ and this is what Postmasters propose as the future roadmap for Post Offices in Ireland. So what types of […]