Sligo Councillor says proposed new payment could be a lifeline for post offices

A Sligo Councillor says proposals to pay postmasters a sweetener of up to €1,000 a month in an attempt to keep post offices open could inject life into many struggling rural communities.



It’s been speculated that a state subvention of between €10,000 and €12,000 per year is being considered under a comprehensive national plan.


There are around 900 post offices across the State at present, most of which are independently operated by postmasters and postmistresses who are contracted by An Post.


Ballymote Tubbercurry Councillor Dara Mulvey says that the changes brought around by the Covid -19 pandemic has resulted in greater importance being placed on the local post office.