The Government recently announced it is to invest €30 million in the post office network to reportedly help keep rural offices open.
Post Offices are to offer a wider range of services in an effort to keep their business viable, reports Irish Examiner.
Communications Minister Denis Naughten said that income has dropped significantly for some postmasters across the country, people are not using the post office at the moment and that they want to turn that around.
"There is the opportunity to bring in new banking and financial services into post offices, new parcel services and Government services such as motor tax can be available through the post office." He added.
Irish Postmasters Union (IPU) bosses said the loan was welcome but called for the 'immediate implementation of reforms to modernise the organisation'.
General secretary Ned O’Hara said, “What is important is that a significant portion of this money goes to protecting and securing the post office network and does not get consumed in addressing other problems faced by An Post.”
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