An Post launches community pandemic services

Two new services have been launched by Ireland’s An Post to serve the community during lockdown.

The first is Request a Check-In where postal staff will check on the welfare of an older or vulnerable person. Family members can request the check-in from local postal delivery staff by filling in a simple form in online.

Managing director Garrett Bridgeman said, “Our postmen and postwomen are calling in to older and vulnerable customers along their postal routes but we have been getting messages from concerned family members living in other areas of the country or abroad requesting specific check-ins for relatives.

“Working with our dedicated and trusted staff, and the Communications Workers Union, we are delighted to put this new facility in place free-of-charge free, combining the digital and physical delivery sides of the business for the common good.”

At the same time An Post is launching a same-day newspaper delivery service for those who are in voluntary isolation. Available to all households Monday-Friday, the service is free-of-charge for older people and those who are in isolation.

Garrett added, “Staying connected as we remain apart is important for everybody so having the national or local paper to read is a real practical support and comfort to customers of all ages.

“We’ve worked at speed with the national and local newspapers to put this country-wide service in place. While delivery services already exist in some urban areas, An Post Newspaper Delivery will be of particular interest to rural customers.”