Postmasters across the country have posted new social protection forms, which recommend using banks instead of the post office, back to the Department of Social Protection. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish postmasters have accused the Government of trying to divert business away from post offices and have returned thousands of new social protection(...)

Barna postmistress, Seona O’Fegan intends to stand in the Galway West constituency as a member of the Community and Post Office Candidates Group. Photograph: Pat Moore

Galway postmistress Seona O’Fegan has initiated her Independent candidacy for the next general election with a pledge to fight for the “vibrancy of co(...)

 Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection  Kevin Humphreys. Mr Humphreys said he was ‘quite concerned’ over an advertisment by the Irish Postmasters Union that included a request for personal public service (PPS) numbers.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Irish Postmasters Union (IPU) has been warned by the Department of Social Protection that it may have broken social welfare legislation.The union (...)

 Postmasters are to vote on running their own candidates in the next general election. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Postmasters are to back their own candidates in the next General Election after members voted in favour of the move on Sunday at their annual conferen(...)

The Irish Postmasters’ Union is using its annual conference to call on the public to switch from receiving Social Protection payments by electronic funds transfer to collecting payments at post offices. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Postmasters are to vote on running their own political candidates in the next general election. In advance of an address by Minister for Communication(...)

The bottom-up approach to saving rural areas is crucial, says Bernard Kearney, who last year helped to set up a community shop in his parish, in Co Ro(...)

Muintir na Tíre chief executive Niall Garvey said it was amazing that there was no national policy for rural Ireland.  “There have been white papers, strategies and so on, but there is no national policy as to where we see rural Ireland, what we think it should be like, how we get there and what are the services needed to support that. Where is the line in the sand beyond which we are not going to cut any more of those services?” File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

An alliance of organisations has vowed to make rural Ireland an election issue as their Save Rural Ireland campaign gets off the ground.Muintir na Tír(...)

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte: appreciates immensely valuable role post office network plays at village and community level. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte repeated that the Government had no plans to close post offices.He said he appreciated the immensely valuable(...)

A spokeswoman for An Post denied there was any connection between decisions over the future of post offices and the forthcoming elections. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A north Galway community fighting to save its post office has said it believes An Post has been instructed to defer any further closures until afte(...)

Rural post office in Shillelagh, Co Wicklow. “Now is the time to act so that the post office is not lost like so much of the community infrastructure that has already disappeared.” Photograph: Frank Miller

The local post office was “the last light on in the main street” in many communities now and maintaining the local post office network was essential t(...)