15 September 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Patsy McArdle

POSTMASTERS are to take a ‘more radical approach’ to demand government action to secure the future of the Post Office network, it emerged following an emergency meeting on Saturday last, addressed by Co. Monaghan-based Irish Postmasters Union vice-president, Mr. Ciaran McEntee.

The emergency meeting was called to consider what course postmasters might take as they are “frustrated by an ongoing lack of commitment by the government to use Post Offices”.

The IPU Vice President and North East spokesperson Mr. McEntee said 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’s future and to make more services available.

Promises to deliver additional Government Services which the Network can provide such as Motor Tax, at a saving to Government in excess of €60m, have not progressed.

This compounds the removal of Department of Social Protection cheque payments from the Post Office Network earlier this year and the insistence 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.

Mr. McEntee said the Union had been involved in the Bobby Kerr Chaired Post Office Network Renewal Working Group, which also includes Government and An Post, since early this year. The Group was mandated to report by mid-summer …

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