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A Kerry postmaster and IPU Executive member says there should be a freeze on moving Social Protection payments to electronic transfer, until new post office services come into place.

Ceann Trá postmaster Seamus Ó Luing was speaking at the Irish Postmasters’ Union annual conference.

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.

He says An Post is currently developing a Post Office based ePayment account, which is expected to come into effect this year, and would facilitate electronic payment for those who choose it.

Seamus Ó Luing believes moving payments to bank electronic transfer systems will only benefit the banks, and post offices will lose valuable custom from the 87 million payments handled by the Department of Social Protection.