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# An Post

This month
January 2023
# Delays
An Post experiencing delays with post coming from UK following Royal Mail strikes
An Post’s head of communications Anna McHugh told The Journal there are “big problems” with post coming from and leaving Britain.
# An Post
Price of a national stamp to increase by 10c next month
An Post say that higher fuel and energy prices have made the increase necessary.
Last year
2022
# ciphers of the past
The strange history of Ireland's British Empire-era postboxes
An Post archivist Stephen Ferguson tells The Journal about the quirks and surprises of these everyday objects.
# Brexit
An Post claims UK Post Office causing thousands of packages to be undelivered
UK post offices refusing to add EU-mandated codes to parcels are impacting British small businesses.
# Book Awards
My Fourth Time, We Drowned by Sally Hayden named as the An Post Irish Book of the Year 2022
The book details the migrant crisis across North Africa, using first-hand stories from people incarcerated in Libyan detention centres.
# Post Office Robbery
Man allegedly stole from post offices to fund trip to see fiancée in the States
Fintan Tindley allegedly committed the offences in order to fund a trip to the States to see his fiancée whom he had met online.
# digital stamp
An Post launches brand new 'digital stamp'
The stamp is now available to buy in seconds through the An Post App.
# fundraiser
Irish Red Cross fund to support Creeslough community raises €352,000 in first 24 hours
The Irish Red Cross set up the Creaslough Communtity Support Fund, with the support of An Post and Applegreen
# An Post
Sustainable Development Goals and how you can easily make a positive impact
Kick off Ireland’s inaugural SDG Week with some inspiration from An Post.
# Protest
Retired An Post employees protest 'lousy' 2% pension hike at Department of Communications
The pensioners staged the demonstration outside the Department of Environment and Communications over Minister Eamon Ryan’s “failure” to sign off on the increase.
# postmasters
'Social value' of local post offices must be protected, communications committee hears
The committee heard today that local post offices were a fundamental part of smaller towns and villages, but were at risk of being subsumed by provision of services online.
# Inflation
Over eight in ten will monitor spending more closely this year, An Post says
The poll examined spending and money management habits.
# ICCL
Data complaint lodged against GeoDirectory for 'selling personal information' to companies
The ICCL said it was able to buy data about people living in Limerick and Dublin and whether they are “deprived’, “struggling” or “affluent”.
# An Post
Six stamps in new Centenary collection will honour Irish sportswomen
The Government approved the series this week, as part of a collection of stamps to run over the next four years.
# An Post
Processing issue at An Post that prevented wages going to current account holders resolved
An Post have said that the payment issues have since been resolved.
# Inflation
The cost of stamps has gone up by 15 cent
International stamps have gone up 20 cent.
# Your Say
Poll: How often do you post a letter?
The price of stamps is set to increase from 1 March.
# stamp price
Cost of national and international stamps to be increased by An Post
An Post has said that the increase is to bring the cost in line with European postal rates.
# Blooming Lovely
New stamps to mark 100 years since publication of James Joyce's Ulysses
The An Post CEO said the stamps “reflect the unique mix of modernism and classicism that define” Ulysses.
# lot done more to do
Ireland's gender pay gap is better than the EU average - what else can be done to fix it?
“I think there’s [still] a lot of confusion. A lot of people make reference to equal pay, and that’s been enshrined in legislation since the mid-70s.”
All time
# Your Say
Poll: Do you send out Christmas cards?
Do you have a Christmas-card list, and are you checking it twice?
# Christmas Post
Sending Christmas post? Here are the key cutoff dates you need to know
Normally, An Post handles approximately two million post items every day.
# An Post
An Post records 100% increase in parcel deliveries in 2020
The postal service recorded a 3% increase in revenue on the previous year.
# Price increase
An Post to increase the cost of their national and international postage
The company said the price increases are needed as it modernises the postal system.
# An Post
Artists' competition to create 2022 Free State centenary stamp
Artworks submitted for the €10,000 commission will be judged by an expert panel.
# Got Mail?
Up to 200 post offices at risk of closure in next 12 months, union says
Irish Postmasters’ Union general secretary has said that as more postmasters retire, the service will lose its backbone.
# community banking
A new public banking system in Ireland? The Government is being asked to revisit the idea
Green Party and Fianna Fáil TDs are calling for the government to revisit the idea of community banking.
# business futures
Greenwashing, green finance and emissions: Is Irish business doing its part in the fight against climate change?
Some companies have been more proactive than others but the pandemic may have slowed progress.
# free postcards
An Post to deliver another two free postcards to every household
The postcards will begin arriving in households on Wednesday 20 January.
# Delays
Covid restrictions and lockdowns globally impacting international deliveries, An Post warns
Many items posted in Ireland during December for delivery across the world are still in transit.
# christmas deliveries
An Post says travel disruption is impacting last-minute letters and parcels to and from Ireland
The company said it will do everything in its power to “maintain the flow of incoming and outgoing international mail”.
# An Post
All post across Ireland will be stamped with Toy Show Adam's virtual hug
An Post wants to help Adam share his virtual hug across the world.
# Fraud
Gardaí and BOI warn consumers to be extra vigilant amid spate of parcel fraud texts
Gardaí are advising the public to never click on an unsolicited text or email.
# Post haste
An Post brings forward 'delivery by Christmas' date for large e-commerce retailers
Parcel deliveries with the company are at record levels.
# Delivery
An Post expects to deliver more than 3.3 million parcels per week in 'busiest ever' fortnight
This is a 230% increase on the same period last year.
# An Post
'Please bear with us': Huge spike in parcel volumes causing delays as Level 5 online shopping booms
Between the deluge of online orders and the need to social distance in depots, An Post has said “everything takes longer” this year.
# Recommended Reading
Champagne Football among six-strong shortlist for Sports Book of the Year
The42′s Niall Kelly has also been nominated for his work on Barry Geraghty’s autobiography ‘True Colours’.
# Your Say
Poll: How often do you post letters?
Fewer people send letters nowadays, opting for other forms of communication such as email.
# Sent with love
An Post to allow free postage to and from nursing homes
The initiative comes under An Post’s Community Focus plan, which has been extended into 2021.
# public service obligation
'Only realistic solution' to save Post Office Network is State funding of €17m
The report, which doesn’t take in the warns starkly of the need for this action to be taken within months.