Postmasters call for Post Offices to become ‘the State on your Doorstep’

2 October 2016: Postmasters seek to become Peace Commissioners Postmasters have set out a vision for Post Offices to become ‘The State on your Doorstep’, including all Postmasters automatically becoming Peace Commissioners. In a new statement setting out their vision for the future, Postmasters want Post Offices to be the go to place for payment, application, identity verification and advice for all Government services. They also want to deliver remote health checks with Hospital and GP link up via technology, become a drop off point for medical prescriptions, a local transport service hub and tourist information points. Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) General Secretary Ned O’Hara said Post Offices are one of […]


Postmasters plan to take a more ‘radical approach’ to save Post Office

11 Sept 2016. Lack of Government commitment failing communities and rural Ireland Postmasters are to take a ‘more radical approach’ to demand Government action to secure the future of the Post Office Network. The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) Executive and Branch Officers held an emergency meeting this weekend (Saturday) to consider what course Postmasters will take as they are frustrated by an ongoing lack of commitment by the Government to use Post Offices. IPU General Secretary Ned O’Hara said at the meeting members gave a mandate to the Executive to take a tougher, more vocal and more radical approach in their demand for Government to invest in the Network’s future […]


Postmasters to Hold Emergency Meeting to Save Post Offices

9 September 2016. Lack of Government commitment failing communities and rural Ireland Postmasters are holding an emergency meeting in Dublin this weekend (Saturday) to decide on a course of action to secure the future of the Post Office Network. Members of the Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) are frustrated that there is no apparent commitment by the Government to use the Post Office Network. Promises to deliver Government Services which the Network can provide such as Motor Tax, at a saving to Government in excess of €60m, have not progressed. This compounds the removal of Department of Social Protection cheque payments from the Post Office Network earlier this year and the insistence […]


IPU ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Postmasters call for ‘freeze’ on migration of payments to EFT

15 May 2016. Postmasters have called for a ‘freeze’ on migration of Social Protection Payments to electronic payment until new services and a plan on the future of Post Offices is in place. At their Annual Conference in Athlone Postmasters called on the new Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar to put a halt to the migration of payments to Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to the banks and to promote the Post Office Network as the provider of choice for social protection payments. IPU General Treasurer and South East spokesperson Seán Martin said a number of processes are in place to renew and develop Post Office business, but once a social […]


IPU ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Postmasters call for progress on Post Offices in ‘first 100 days’ of government

13 May 2016. Postmasters have called for urgent progress on Post Offices in the ‘first 100 days’ of the new government, ahead of their Annual Conference in Athlone this weekend. Postmasters called for the Bobby Kerr led Five Year Strategy, the piloting of ‘Service Hub’ Post Offices and Motor Tax payments to be readied for delivery within 100 days, now that Ministers have been appointed and a Government is in place. Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) General Secretary Ned O’Hara said commitments were made at the launch of the Bobby Kerr Chaired Post Office Network Business Development Group Report last January that a Five Year Strategy and pilot Service Hub Post […]


IRISH EXAMINER Opinion Editorial – Post offices play key role in society

15 April 2016. Published in the Irish Examiner as an Opinion Editorial. We have to recognise the value of post offices to the country’s social and economic infrastructure, according to IPU general secretary Ned O’Hara POSTMASTERS protested at the Department of Social Protection yesterday over the latest in an ongoing series of attempts by the department to take business away from post offices and hand it to the banks. The position of postmasters is simple — we regard the post office network as a national asset entrusted by the people to the Government to manage on its behalf. It is important to understand that Ireland’s 1,100 postmasters are sub-contractors to An […]


Postmasters Claim Department of Social Protection is Trying ‘To Shut Them Down’

14 April 2016.  Postmasters’ Executive staged a protest outside the Department of Social Protection today, accusing the Department of deliberately trying to ‘shut them down’. The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) said the Department is systematically transferring Post Office business to the private banks – and called on Minister Burton to immediately cease and reverse this policy. The IPU met with the caretaker Minister Joan Burton this week to highlight their frustration following a letter which the Department sent to casual and part-time workers, seeking their bank details for future payment. The letter made no reference to the Post Office, or that people could continue using the Post Office if they choose. […]


Postmasters urge Jobseekers to continue using the Post Office

7 April 2016. Postmasters have urged Jobseekers to continue using the Post Office and to ignore a recent letter asking them to receive their payments by bank transfer. The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) said that the Department of Social Protection (DSP) recently wrote to Jobseekers, across the country, requesting their bank details and to change their method of cheque payment to Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). IPU General Secretary Ned O’Hara said there had been confusion among the public about these letters and the IPU is meeting the caretaker Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, to request that they be withdrawn. “The message from Postmasters to Jobseekers is to ignore this […]


Postmasters call for cross-party and cross-candidate commitment to Post Office Plan

February 14, 2016. Postmasters have called for cross-party and cross-candidate commitment to progressing the Bobby Kerr Report on the future of Post Offices, in their General Election 2016 Manifesto. The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) has called on all Political Groups and Candidates to ensure that the Irish Post Office Network has a strong economic and social future, irrespective of who forms the next Government. IPU General Secretary Ned O’Hara said: “The future of Ireland’s Post Office Network is not a party political issue. It is a social and community issue and warrants cross-party and cross-candidate commitment to supporting urgent progress.” In their Manifesto, Postmasters said that the two Working Groups […]


Community and Post Office campaign to focus on implementation of Bobby Kerr Report

1 February 2016. The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) announced today that it is no longer running Community and Post Office candidates in the upcoming General Election. These include Geoff Boyle in Dublin West, Andrew Kelly in Dublin Central and Seona O’Fegan in Galway West who had announced their intention to run as Community and Post Office candidates last year. All three candidates are now not contesting the election. The decision follows a national meeting of Postmasters in Portlaoise yesterday to discuss the recent Bobby Kerr led report on the future of the Post Office Network which included the immediate establishment of two Working Groups to implement the report’s findings, with Postmasters part of both Groups. Government has […]