A state subvention of between €10,000 and €12,000 per year is being considered for post offices under a comprehensive national plan to be rolled out by the Government. Under the plan, postmasters will be paid a 'sweetener' of up to €1000 a month in an attempt to help keep post offices open.

There are around 900 post offices across the State with most of those independently operated by postmasters. Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton is set to go to the government in coming weeks with a 'targeted and time-bound proposal' for a financial support scheme for post offices.

The new plan comes after Minister Naughton helped to deliver an €8.5 Million support package to postmasters in July last year, funded by An Post but is set to run out by the end of the year.

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