An Post

  • An Post this week carried out Ireland’s first ever autonomous parcel delivery from mainland to island using a drone.

    Just after 3.30pm on Thursday the company delivered a parcel by drone from Roonagh Pier in Mayo to Clare Island.

     

  • An Post has confirmed a number of changes taking place at post offices across Co Mayo - as part of the transformation of the national post office network.

    This includes the opening of a new post office in Belmullet next Monday.

     

     A number of post offices are on the move across Co Mayo, as An Post continues its plan of closing some offices and moving them into nearby business premises.

    A new post office will open in Belmullet next Monday 25th February.

    The new office will be co-located in the Centra store on Main Street - a short distance from the old post office - and the postmaster is Joseph Cuffe - proprietor of the Centra store.

    On the same day, 5 postal staff in Belmullet, 3 in Glenamoy and one each in Geesala, Carrowteigue and Bangor Erris will relocate to Barnatra, where they will operate from a new mail hub for the area.

    An Post says this will not affect local mail services.

    Also, in the coming months, the post office in Swinford is to be located at Kennedy's Spar, while in Kiltimagh, the post office will co-locate with Londis on Main Street.

    And in Ballyhaunis, An Post has readvertised the contract to provide post office services.

    Midwest News understands a local business has turned down the opportunity, and it's now open for applications.

    The company says the Ballyhaunis Post Office will remain at its current location until that process is complete.

  • An Post is denying they need to cut two thousand jobs to survive.

    The Irish Times is reporting today that  the company needs  500 job losses a year over four years.

    The paper says the numbers were outlined in a confidential briefing to Cabinet just days before An Post announced a 50 million euro investment in their network.

    This morning An Post confirmed the number of 2000 redundancies is from a strategic review in March 2017.

    The statement from the company says the company has achieved a major turnaround since then and is performing well ahead of plan and does not anticipate job reductions of this magnitude.

  • An Post is inviting the nation to Brighten up January with a two new free postcards to be delivered to every home from next week.  

    The large format postcards are postage paid for delivery within Ireland and each household will receive two cards – one with a printed design and one blank for decorating by customers of all ages.  An Post’s first free postcard initiative launched in March last year proved hugely popular with customers during the country’s first period of Lockdown.

    An Post’s Julie Gil explains: “As we continue to support each other by staying apart and staying home, it’s the right time to Send Love to family and friends, particularly those who are living alone.

    Irish Postmen and Postwomen will continue to provide Community Focus supports including check-ins, newspaper delivery and free post for nursing home residents so that we can all stay connected while staying apart.  We’ll leave no-one behind.

    An Post’s range of business supports for SMEs are also being extended with  discounts on parcel labels being increased from 25% to 34% with immediate effect.  Details at anpost.com/commerce.

     

  • An Post says it was their busiest ever Christmas for parcel deliveries.

    Volumes were up by 50 percent compared to last year, with over 1 hundred thousand parcels delivered each day.

    The rise in online shopping played a major part, according to the company.

  • An Post is to offer a new contract to Ardnaree Post Office in Ballina.

    There was concern expressed about the future of Ardnaree Post Office in recent weeks, as the current postmaster is to retire in March. An Post undertook a Public Consultation on the provision of post office services in Ardnaree.

    Today An Post has announced that Ardnaree Post Office will be offered a new post office contract. When a suitable candidate emerges the contract will be in place initially for two years.

    It comes after a local campaign to oppose any suggestion of closing the post office, which included a public meeting and march in Ballina recently.

  • An Post is launching two new services to support communities during the current Covid 19 crisis today.

    ‘Request a Check-In’ is a facility for family members to request a specific ‘An Post Check-In’ by the local postman or postwoman for an older or vulnerable person during the current ‘Cocooning’ period.

    Family members can register for the free ‘Request a Check-In’ service by completing the postal address and eircode of the customer at anpost.com/Community-Support.   These details will be relayed directly through An Post’s digital network to the customer’s local postperson who will call to the address.    Should the customer have any specific needs for groceries or prescription, the postperson will provide them with details of ALONE, the national charity ensuring personal support to older and vulnerable people during the current crisis, or where necessary, will contact ALONE on their behalf.

    Also launching today is An Post’s Newspaper Delivery service which will provide same-day delivery to households nationwide Monday to Friday.Customers can find out more about ordering their chosen newspaper through anpost.com or by contacting their chosen national or local newspaper directly by phone.   

    Customers can sign-up for several national and many local papers from today (Monday) at anpost.com.   More national and local newspapers will join the scheme over the coming weeks.

     

  • People will be getting Christmas cards and parcels delivered throughout January. 

     

    An Post says the number of international flights continues to be severely impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, with only limited space available for letters and packages.

     

    As a result many items posted in Ireland and abroad in December are still in transit through airports and sea ports. 

     

  • An Post is warning that last minute post to and from Ireland and Britain, and the rest of European will be impacted by serious disruption to supply lines in Britain.

    The company says it will do everything it can to maintain the flow of international and outgoing international mail.

    Due to air freight capacity issues, practically all incoming and outgoing international letters and parcels are sent by ferry through Britain.

    An Post says while freight is still moving between the two islands, there are significant delays and long tailbacks with hundreds of container trucks waiting to board ferries.

  • A High Court case taken by a former postal sorting worker in Galway has been struck out.

    56-year old Claire Stephens  - a married mother who worked in the Galway Mail Sorting office- claimed she was bullied over a number of years, with alleged gay rumours circulating about her.

    An Post had denied that it failed to deal properly with the allegations.

    The case was due to resume at the High Court yesterday, but Mr Justice Charles Meenan was told by Ms Stephen's solicitor that her client asked the case be struck out, and the judge granted her request.

  • The contract for Ballyhaunis Post Office is currently being advertised.

    The contract is currently vacant and is being advertised on www.anpost.ie and will be advertised for the next three weeks or so.

    A spokesperson for An Post told Midwest News today that a decision will then be made on the post office.

    The spokesperson says when a new contractor is appointed, in could result in the post office being re-located from its standalone location on Bridge Street in the town, to co-locate with another centrally located premises.  

    This has happened in a number of locations nationwide. However the An Post spokesperson stressed that no decision has been taken as of yet, and will not be until the period of advertising the contract is up.

     

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    An Post is introducing staggered starting times for postal delivery staff based at local postal delivery offices across the country.   This will result in later mails and parcels deliveries for some customers starting today, Monday 23rd March..   Social distancing measures are also in place across An Post’s mails and parcels sorting centres, post offices and headquarters operations.

    Customers in receipt of Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection welfare payments are to receive two-week payments starting either today, March 23rd,  or next Monday March 30th.

    A two-week payment will be made this week to most Social Welfare payment customers with the exception of those in receipt of Jobseeker and Working Family payments, Supplementary Welfare Allowance, One Parent Family Payment and Rent Supplement .   These customers will receive their regular payment this week and the two-week payment from next week, starting March 30th

    All DEASP payments will be held at the post office for 90 days to enable customers to plan post office and shopping visits when best suits them.

    Customers are asked to be aware of social distancing at post offices.  

     

  • The Irish Postmasters Union wants the Government to deliver on its commitments to bring in new services through the An Post network.

    It says the future of hundreds of post offices around the country will be at risk of closing if action isn't taken.

    Car tax, drivers' licences, Leap cards and identity services are among the areas identified.

    Ahead of their annual conference in Portlaoise today, IPU General Secretary Ned O'Hara says post offices can play a vital role in Irish society.

  • Ireland's postmasters are asking their customers and the Government for support into the future.

    Following a recent historic deal on the future of the network, the Irish Postmasters union says they need the public to keep using their local services.

    They also want Social Welfare payments to continue to be paid through local post offices.

  • Communications Minister Denis Naughten will appear before a meeting of the Communications, Climate Action and Environment Committee today to answer questions about a deal that has led to the closure of 159 rural post offices.

    The restructuring plan, which was worked out between An Post and the Irish Postmasters' Union, has been criticised over its likely impact on rural communities.

    In addition to the Minister's presence, today's meeting will be attended by representatives from An Post, the Post Office Networks, the An Post Mailing Centres, and the Public Banking Forum of Ireland.

    Galway Fine Gael TD Hildegarde Naughton is Chair of the Committee she says they will be asking An Post to outline its strategy in offering these packages resulting in so many closures of rural post offices.

  • Minister Denis Naughten last night rejected claims that the closure of post offices in the west and midlands will lead to the closure of dozens of small businesses and job losses.

    According to RTE News, Minister Naughten was told at a public meeting in Athleague, that the decision to close 159 post offices was akin to treason in the economy of rural Ireland.

    11 post offices are due to close in Mayo, 17 in Galway and five in Roscommon.

    Minister Naughten was told at the meeting that there would be widespread closures of other small businesses in the constituency as a result.

    The Minister reiterated what he told Midwest News yesterday – that An Post was not withdrawing contracts and anybody who wished to stay open could do so, while independent reviews could also be sought.

    However Minister Naughten was widely criticised for a failure to support village post offices.

     

  • Minister Michael Ring met with An Post yesterday to discuss issues locally and nationally.

    During the course of the discussion, Minister Ring raised the issue of Ballycroy Post Office.

    He says that he made very strong representations and impressed on them what a big loss this post office would be to the local community. Minister Ring also highlighted that some interest had been shown by someone in the vicinity in relation to the post office.

    The Minister says he has received confirmation from An Post that the issue of Ballycroy Post Office is being positively and constructively looked at.

    He says Cllr Gerry Coyle has maintained constant pressure on both himself and An Post in relation to securing the future of Ballycroy Post Office.

    Minister Ring says the post office provides a vital service to the community and he hopes there will be a favourable outcome with An Post.

    The post office in Ballycroy closed on New Year’s Eve.

    The future of the post office looked to have been secured when An Post announced last September they had agreed to re-advertise the contract, but there were subsequently no successful applicants for the post.

  • Any business interested in taking up a post office service in the 159 areas nationally where post offices are closing, should contact An Post directly, according to the Minister for Communications Denis Naughten.

    Post Offices across rural Ireland are closing - including 11 in Mayo, 18 in Galway and 5 in Roscommon.

    The Minister told Midwest News today that there is a protocol between government and An Post that any local business can apply to run a post office. He agreed that it may not suit some existing businesses to change their business model to meet the strict criteria of a post office, but he insists that option is there.

  • There is a warning that Ireland's network of post offices face 'unrestrained closures' over the next six to eight months if the state can't step in to help.

    A new report by Grant Thornton, commissioned by the Irish Postmasters Union, has found there's a 17 million euro hole in finances every year.

    The IPU says the network's now at a 'critical juncture' due to a deficit in funding.

  • A new one year contract has been awarded to Easkey post office.

    An arrangement has been agreed with An Post whereby the postmaster in nearby Bonniconlon, Ian Clark, will take over the running of the post office in Easkey, for twelve months.

    There will be no break of service and the post office will remain in its current location.

    After one year, An Post will review the situation.

    A local campaign group, Save Easkey Post Office, has been lobbying to retain the village post office.

    In addition to public meetings, members demonstrated in large numbers outside Sligo IT last month when a special meeting of the Cabinet was taking place to launch the Government’s Ireland 2040 Programme…

    Richard Morrissey from the local action group says the Post Office has now been given a one-year reprieve, and it’s up to the local community to use the facility to prove its viability…