Calls For Further Action To Save Post Office Network

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A Clarecastle postmaster says the renewal of the social welfare contract alone won’t save the Post Office Network.

The Minister for Social Protection has renewed his Department’s contract with An Post to provide pensions, Child Benefit and social welfare payments in cash at Post Offices.

Last year’s contract amounted to 52 million euro for more than 35 million payments, and the value of the 2017 contract is expected to match that.


Gerry McMahon has welcomed the move but he believes far more services are needed to prevent the closure of hundreds of post offices.