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Postmasters are to take a more radical approach to demand Government action to secure the future of the Post Office network.

That’s according to Irish Postmasters’ Union executive member and South West spokesperson Seamus Ó Luing of Ventry Post Office.

He’s been speaking following the union’s emergency meeting on Saturday.

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.
The Irish Postmasters’ Union executive and branch officers held an emergency meeting on Saturday to discuss their frustration at what they described as the Government’s inaction on the future use of post offices.

IPU Executive member and South West spokesperson Seamus Ó Luing says 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, and to make more services available.

The Ventry postmaster says promises to deliver additional Government services, which the network can provide at a €60 million saving to the Government, have not progressed.

He feels this is compounded by the removal of Department of Social Protection cheque payments from the Post Office network, and calls by some Government departments that payments due to them by members of the public are made by banker’s drafts rather than using post office services.