Claim Kerry post office network “won’t survive” if social protection transactions taken away

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Kerry’s post office network won’t survive if social protection transactions are taken away from post offices. That’s according to executive member of the Irish Postmasters’ Union and Ceann Trá postmaster Seamus Ó Luing. Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) General Secretary Ned O’Hara with South and Mid West spokesman Seámus O’Luing protesting at the Department of Social Protection, claiming that Department policy is trying to shut Post Offices down. Postmasters are calling for all Government Departments to secure the future of the Network by making greater use of Post Offices for core social, financial and citizen services.   A letter was issued this week by the Department of Social Protection requesting recipients’ bank details.   According to the IPU, social protection transactions account for 30% of all post office business and an estimated 50%, when spin off transactions are included.   Seamus Ó Luing of Ventry Post Office said post offices won’t survive if these transactions are taken away:   [audio_player src=””]   He claims the letters received this week are misleading as recipients can still opt for cheque to bring to their local post office:   [audio_player src=””]