The Irish Postmasters’ Union wants post offices to become a Government services hub for payment, application, identity verification and advice.
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 point.
Under new proposals, the union is also calling for post office staff be allowed become Peace Commissioners.
IPU Executive member and South West Spokesperson Seamus Ó Luing said now is the time to act to secure the future of the post office in rural Ireland:
The Ceann Trá postmaster says instilling post-offices as a primary delivery mechanism for Government services will inevitably help rural and economic regeneration.