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11-03-2017, 00:24   #1
 
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The story about an post being in dire straits and having to restructure and close rural offices pops up every few years, even in the early 00s when they pretty much had a monopoly they were complaining, their story about falling mail volumes has been spun by them since before most people had an e-mail address. below is an news story from 2001 which is almost identical to an news story about them today https://www.rte.ie/news/2001/0403/13942-post/
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On another fakenews note that Fat Rabbite fella said when he was minister that Eircode would boost an posts mail volumes by at least 15% year on year, now an post say their mail volumes are only going to fall from now on.
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If Post Offices were so vital to communities, they would be used more. Fact is that their place in modern Ireland isn't that important. People are more mobile and can even buy their stamps in local supermarkets. Pensions and some welfare payments are now paid straight into banks. Most shops accept payment by card, so the need for cash is diminishing.
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The story about an post being in dire straits and having to restructure and close rural offices pops up every few years, even in the early 00s when they pretty much had a monopoly they were complaining, their story about falling mail volumes has been spun by them since before most people had an e-mail address. below is an news story from 2001 which is almost identical to an news story about them today https://www.rte.ie/news/2001/0403/13942-post/
mail volumes arn't falling, packages aside?
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mail volumes arn't falling, packages aside?
Packages don't need post offices. Neither does direct mail - pickup points are organised in offices etc. Personal postage has fallen through the floor.

An Post offer a personal stamp printer but haven't yet got print at home (on normal printer, sellotape on) stamps which is a major improvement that would further cut the need for post offices. Indeed if they made more of a push for their Deliverybox service they could even cut postboxes - you can put outbound post in those and the postman doing the delivery collects.

Post offices were critical 15 years ago. Now, a lesser subsidy to some shop to have a Postpoint device and a stamp printer does the same job. If an area can't support a shop I doubt it can support a post office under any circumstances.
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Packages don't need post offices. Neither does direct mail - pickup points are organised in offices etc. Personal postage has fallen through the floor.

An Post offer a personal stamp printer but haven't yet got print at home (on normal printer, sellotape on) stamps which is a major improvement that would further cut the need for post offices. Indeed if they made more of a push for their Deliverybox service they could even cut postboxes - you can put outbound post in those and the postman doing the delivery collects.

Post offices were critical 15 years ago. Now, a lesser subsidy to some shop to have a Postpoint device and a stamp printer does the same job. If an area can't support a shop I doubt it can support a post office under any circumstances.
So true, when the old age pensioner takes their pension cash out of the post office, are they then travelling to the nearest big town to spend it? If so, why the post office?
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we can't keep deciding what services are needed in areas based on an older generations inability or refusal to use very simple computer terminals.
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The story about an post being in dire straits and having to restructure and close rural offices pops up every few years, even in the early 00s when they pretty much had a monopoly they were complaining, their story about falling mail volumes has been spun by them since before most people had an e-mail address. below is an news story from 2001 which is almost identical to an news story about them today https://www.rte.ie/news/2001/0403/13942-post/
so you are saying AN Post arn't in dire straits?
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so you are saying AN Post arn't in dire straits?
Last week it was bus Eireann that was apparently on the verge of closure but that story has now vanished
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Last week it was bus Eireann that was apparently on the verge of closure but that story has now vanished
could you answer my question?
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could you answer my question?
An post like many semi state companies have been financially unsound since well forever but there isn't a snowball's chance of any redundancies or of any post offices actually closing
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Another blow to rural communities
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we can't keep deciding what services are needed in areas based on an older generations inability or refusal to use very simple computer terminals.
Similarly we cant keep babying people who when they started a job in the 80's did so with the expectation of a job for life and now refuse to consider retraining and learning new things.
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Another blow to rural communities
If the Post Offices are so vital to rural communities they would be used more. Fact is that most pensioners prefer to have their pensions paid in to their bank. Same for welfare payments of any kind. Childrens Allowance etc. How embarrassing is it for a pensioner to have their pension counted out to them in front of their neighbors? Stamps can be bought in supermarkets, where you can also pay your bills.
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