An Post – early indications of Post Office reorganisation

One hundred and sixty-one postmasters at An Post have applied for voluntary retirement, that was introduced with the agreement of the Irish Postmasters Union (IPU).

According to a statement from An Post, “This will likely result in the closure of 161 post offices out of a network of 1,111 post offices. ”

At the end of August the list of post offices closing Will be published, once the details of been confirmed with each postmaster.

The package has been introduced as part of the An Post Post Office Transformation Program that will see a consolidation of the post office network in Ireland.

An Post reaffirmed its commitment that “communities of over 500 people will have a post office and that over 95% of the population will be within 15km of at least one post office”. All island post offices are being retained.

While some Post offices will be shut An Post is to also publish at Target list of new post office locations. According to the postal operator, It is well advanced with plans for a €50 million investment of the network that will “see a modern look and feel across the network and improved service to all customers”.

Debbie Byrne, MD of An Post Retail, said that news about the voluntary retirement package take-up “marks a key point on the journey towards a stronger post office network”.

Byrne continued: “Some closures were inevitable in a network that has been largely unchanged for many years. The consolidation of post office business will strengthen the remaining post offices, and the development of a wide range of new services over the coming months and years will see a reinvigorated network across 950 post offices. We appreciate that these decisions have not been easy for the individual Postmasters and we are grateful for their dedication over many years of service in their communities.”