Postmasters call on public to use their local Post Office

Cork members of the Irish Postmasters Union (IPU), Denis O'Flynn, Liz Thompson, John Crowley, Paddy O'Shea, Finbarr O'Regan, Tony Howard (General Secretary The Irish Postmasters Union) and Deirdre Fitton, at the IPU 101st Annual Conference, ‘Postmasters Delivering for Their Communities’, held at the Maryborough Hotel, Cork on Saturday. (Picture: Jim Coughlan)

Postmasters have called on the public to use their Post Office, to sustain local services which support communities and businesses.

Speaking in advance of the Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) annual conference which was held in Cork last weekend, General Secretary Tony Howard said members of the public have a central role to play in keeping their local Post Office open – ‘by using it’.

“The Post Office Network has been evolving year on year and offers comprehensive banking services, including a full a current account. An advantage of the Post Office is that these services can be accessed in person in almost 900 locations – the largest retail network in the country,” Mr Howard said.

“Our network is playing the leading role in keeping financial services available locally, following the withdrawal of other banks. Post Offices also offer collection of social welfare, payment of utility bills, parcel services, State savings and licence renewal.”

“Furthermore, we know that cash withdrawn at the Post Office has a significant multiplier effect for other shops and services within the community. By deciding to value and use the local Post Office, people influence the future and keep services available for everybody, and importantly for those who are not online”.


Postmasters’ annual conference was hosted at the Maryborough House Hotel and was attended and opened by the Tánaiste Micheál Martin.

Paddy O’Shea, who is postmaster for the past 42 years at Upper Aghada in East Cork, retired from the IPU’s Executive Committee after long service, being thanked by Mr Howard for his significant contribution.

“Paddy O’Shea has served his community with huge commitment and consistency through his work with the IPU. He has been an IPU Executive member since 2000 and served two terms as president. We thank Paddy and wish him every health and happiness.”

IPU President Seán Martin said the Post Office can be ‘the State on your doorstep’, the provider of choice and the front office for all Government services.

“Postmasters are working closely with Government and An Post to develop and evolve the services which the public can use. To sustain our Network – the public has its role to play too. Our message is simple – use your Post Office and encourage others to use it too.”