Postmasters to protest outside Taoiseach's office today

Postmasters will stage a protest outside the Taoiseach's office later demanding action to save 600 post offices around the country.

The Irish Postmasters' Union wants the Government to enact the findings of a report by Bobby Kerr, which recommends closing only 80 offices to stem losses at An Post.

Union treasurer Sean Martin says it is up to the Taoiseach and the Communications Minister Denis Naughten to keep post offices alive for the sake of the rural economy.

"What we're asking the Minister to do now is to set in place a strategic plan for the next five years that will incorporate social welfare and incorporate new ideas and new services to ensure the viability of communities," he said.

"The post office is hugely important in rural Ireland, particularly in economic terms, because the money that is handed out is spent locally with is then sustaining jobs."

More in this Section

Garda will not redact files for inquest into murdered Arlene Arkinson's death

UK government to help pay travel expenses for NI women travelling to England for abortion

First ever live broadcast of court proceedings in Ireland tomorrow

Environmental group launches court challenge to Government's National Mitigation Plan

Today's Stories

Couple brought two young children with them to carry out carjacking

Calls for review of Cork city’s tree policy after Ophelia knocks up to 600 trees

After ‘dragging their feet’, banks to offer customers compensation

High levels of manganese in Cork village's water baffling


Delving into the Irish tradition of Jack O'Laterns

Making Cents: How to call the scammers’ bluff

Why Hollywood gave superhero Thor a makeover

A helicopter put a piano on the 150-foot roof of Blarney Castle and other stories from the Cork Jazz Festival archives

More From The Irish Examiner