TV licence service

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POSTMASTERS have voiced concern following the announcement of a plan to tender the contract for TV Licence renewal, included in the Broadcasting Bill.

The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) said the collection of TV Licence fees is worth €3m to the Network annually – and very important business for Post Offices. If this business is lost, the IPU warned that it would place hundreds more Post Offices at risk of closing.

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IPU General Secretary Ned O’Hara said: “Postmasters understand the revenue challenges faced by RTE and difficulties for An Post in collecting the fee. However, for many customers the current service is working perfectly well as it is and Postmasters greatly value this business. Postmasters favour this contract remaining with An Post.”