Bobby Kerr Report shows serious challenges faced by the Post Office Network

20 January 2016. The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) has said that today’s launch of the Bobby Kerr Report on the future of Post Offices shows the serious challenges faced by the Post Office Network and called for urgent action on the Report’s findings. “The IPU Executive welcomes the Report which shows the serious challenges facing the Network over the next number of years. While there are some recommendations in the Report that Postmasters have major difficulty with, we are prepared to engage with the Government and An Post to find solutions and define a viable future for the Post Office Network,” the Union said. IPU General Secretary Ned O’Hara said […]

Postmasters welcome plans for citizen’s banking through Post Offices

11 November 2015. Postmasters have welcomed plans to use the Post Office Network to provide people and citizen’s focused banking services – as banks force customers to ATMs or online. The IPU has today welcomed public confirmation by An Post that it is at an advanced stage of planning a banking service and said the Post Office Network is ideally suited to deliver it due to it’s community base of 1,110 Offices, it’s customer profile and it’s up to date technology. The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) said last week’s announcement by Bank of Ireland to move smaller transactions to ATMs, or online, highlighted more clearly than ever before the need […]

500,000 demand Government to support and secure their Post Offices

23 October 2015. Postmasters have presented half a million public signatures to the Minister for Communications demanding Government action to support and secure the future of Post Offices. Postmasters gathered today outside Minister Alex White’s Office to present half a million signatures collected from communities in all corners of the country – highlighting the scale of public support for Post Offices. Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) General Secretary Ned O’Hara said the Government must act quickly and significantly on the Post Office issue before the end of its term of Office, or 500,000 signatories will have been let down by the Government parties. “There is very strong public support in all parts of the […]

Postmasters nationwide return Social Protection forms in protest against Government policy

July 14th 2015. Postmasters across the country have returned thousands of new Social Protection forms to Minister Joan Burton’s Department in protest against their usage. In a coordinated move by Postmasters, recently revised Social Protection forms were posted back to the Department of Social Protection – from all corners of the country yesterday – and were due to arrive at the doors of the Department today. Members of the Union’s Executive returned their forms to the Department in person this morning. Frustration emerged last month when Minister Burton’s Department issued new Social Protection forms which recommended that people receive their payments by direct debit to a bank account, instead of using […]

Postmasters call on Minister to withdraw new social protection forms

June 8th 2015. Postmasters are calling on the Minister for Social Protection to withdraw new Social Protection forms – which recommend payment through banks and discourage use of the Post Office. The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) said that all Post Offices will be under threat of closure if Social Protection transaction business is taken away. The IPU said members were shocked to receive the new forms in recent weeks which ‘recommend’ direct payment of social protection payments to bank accounts as the ‘best payment option’. The new forms only reference using the Post Office for those who ‘don’t have Bank Accounts’. The IPU has written to the Minister for Social Protection, […]

Postmasters to rally against government if Post Office demands not delivered before General Election

April 15 2015. Postmasters are to mount a nationwide campaign for people to vote against the Government if action is not taken on sustaining Post Offices before the next General Election. Speaking at the launch of its Six Point Plan to sustain the Post Office Network and support local communities the Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) said that An Post runs the Network on a purely commercial basis and does not recognise Post Offices’ social or community value. IPU General Secretary Ned O’Hara said: “The IPU is calling for Government to intervene and bind An Post to operate the Network according to an agreed policy framework which is developed by the […]