A Mayo postmaster says fortnightly social welfare payments have led to a huge drop in footfall for post offices and their adjoining businesses.

Aughagower man John Pat Scott says the Covid-19 measure has led to the loss of the bulk of his Friday customers twice monthly.

The Chairman of the Ballina/South Mayo branch of the Irish Postmasters’ Union says they would like to see the payment revert back to weekly, but admits that looks unlikely.

It comes as the IPU revealed that transactions for August were down 25% compared with the same month last year.

John Pat Scott, the owner of Scott’s XL and Post Office told Midwest News that the move to online banking also risks the loss of many more customers for post offices.


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