By David Diskin
Today will see the launch of a new service which will allow Irish citizens to renew their passports online.
The service will only be available for adults renewing their passport documents, as children and first time applicants will have to go through the standard process.
It is good news for customers, but has been hailed by some as a blow to local post offices, who derive a significant amount of revenue from passport related services.
The issue will be raised today when the Postmasters’ Union meets with the Minister for Regional Development, Michael Ring, to discuss the future of Irish post offices.
Ned O’Hara – General Secretary of the Postmasters’ Union – said it is another blow for post offices.
“It’s not good news at all I’m afraid because it is just another nail in the coffin of the post office network.
“We recognise that the world is moving on technically but we have been involved in a process with Bobby Kerr where we wanted to address all the problems of the post office in their entirety and it is just another example of the challenges we face and the challenges are not being addressed.”