An Post review "to result in up to 500 closures"

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An Post is to begin a review of post offices around the country, which is expected to result in up to 500 closures. The study which is to be completed by the end of the year will identify post offices that are not viable.

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In fairness An Post seem to be going about this the right way especially because no closures will be compulsory. It is however regrettable that Post Office will close as they provide very important services to people especially in rural areas
 

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If this comes to pass, then the post office network will have HALVED since 1997. That's some achievement.

Interesting to note that the Chairman of An Post is Margaret McGinley - a Fianna Fáil stooge and regular attendee at the Galway races tent

As long as her and her friends keep their valuable stipends, then who gives a flying **** if elderly people don't have access to local services?
 

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The closure of the 500 post offices will occur once the election is over. This is set to become a huge issue in the General Election campaign -especially in rural constituencies. God help the sick and old in Celtic Tiger Ireland.
 

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culbair said:
God help the sick and old in Celtic Tiger Ireland.
Can we clarify what exactly makes post offices so crucial? Its just I'm conscious of, for the sake of argument, reports that our cancer services still have a distance to go and the idea that the encashment of pension cheques has some crucial role to play in this seems questionable.

Maybe yours is more than a knee-jerk reaction. If so, perhaps you can explain.
 

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I think the An Post/Fortis Bank venture is doomed to failure too.
 

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However, An Post boss David McRedmond is expected to resist moves to close large numbers of post offices. Instead, the semi-state is seeking a State bailout of up to €58m

Ah sure no problem.............
 

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All this is inevitable given the advent of email.
Switch dole collections to banks and allow local grocery shops the ability to sell stamps & collect post/packages etc.
 

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Can we clarify what exactly makes post offices so crucial? Its just I'm conscious of, for the sake of argument, reports that our cancer services still have a distance to go and the idea that the encashment of pension cheques has some crucial role to play in this seems questionable.

Maybe yours is more than a knee-jerk reaction. If so, perhaps you can explain.
The elderly collect their pensions at the post office and most other people on social welfare payments also collect at their nearest post office. It will be hard for most rural pensioners to travel to the nearest town or another village miles away considering the cuts expected in Public transport in rural areas
 

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What percentage of OAPs / Social Wlefare Recipients still receive a cheque ?

Surely they aren`t all like Bertie with no bank account.
 

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The elderly collect their pensions at the post office and most other people on social welfare payments also collect at their nearest post office. It will be hard for most rural pensioners to travel to the nearest town or another village miles away considering the cuts expected in Public transport in rural areas
An Post post office network should be afforded a full retail banking licence.

Offer full banking services and postal services (three birds, one stone : more banking competition, retention of postal services, vilages/towns kept alive).

Removing post offices from towns and villages which are already dying is not a good move.
 

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Post offices look to be heading the way of public pay phones and becoming obsulete in modern society.
 

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What percentage of OAPs / Social Wlefare Recipients still receive a cheque ?

Surely they aren`t all like Bertie with no bank account.
Very few still get/use the book of "Payable Orders", most pensioners and others now use the PPS/Social Welfare card which is swiped in the local post office and payment information is then shown on screen.

If the department stop using An Post for electronic payments what other suitable alternative is there? All small villages and many larger villages and small towns are now left without proper banking services. Using somewhere like local convenience shops to process the payments would not be secure or professional enough for most people as there would be concerns about confidentiality.

Many pensioners have bank accounts with free banking but most are savings accounts and all the others on SW would be forced to pay bank charges in order to collect their payment which may not be constitutional? add to this the disappearing banks and the poor availability of funds in most of those ATMs in shops and at garages and there would be serious issues rolling over to mandatory paying welfare into bank accounts.
 

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Dont stress.

Fianna FAIL will re-open all Garda Stations and Post Offices.
That is a trite comment considering how big an issue this is for some people. FF are not is power (well officially anyway) however FG are and they will be held responsible for this

I predict that FG will collapse at the next GE. They had 2 TD's in Kerry prior to the last GE, they currently have 1, Brendan Griffin and I reckon they will have 0 after the next GE
 

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Very few still get/use the book of "Payable Orders", most pensioners and others now use the PPS/Social Welfare card which is swiped in the local post office and payment information is then shown on screen.

If the department stop using An Post for electronic payments what other suitable alternative is there? All small villages and many larger villages and small towns are now left without proper banking services. Using somewhere like local convenience shops to process the payments would not be secure or professional enough for most people as there would be concerns about confidentiality.

Many pensioners have bank accounts with free banking but most are savings accounts and all the others on SW would be forced to pay bank charges in order to collect their payment which may not be constitutional? add to this the disappearing banks and the poor availability of funds in most of those ATMs in shops and at garages and there would be serious issues rolling over to mandatory paying welfare into bank accounts.
Pay bank charges. They are miniscule.
 

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The elderly collect their pensions at the post office and most other people on social welfare payments also collect at their nearest post office. It will be hard for most rural pensioners to travel to the nearest town or another village miles away considering the cuts expected in Public transport in rural areas
It's much cheaper to administer a bank transfer
 


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