An Post will today challenge in the High Court a £2.35 million (EUR2.98 million) levy charged by the telecoms regulator, Ms Etain Doyle. It is thought the State company will challenge Ms Doyle’s legal right to impose the fee for regulating the quality of postal services this year and in 2002.Read More
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Ireland’s biggest banking group is to link up with the state-backed post company in a move that will lead to 1,000 post offices becoming its agents.
The alliance between Allied Irish Banks (correct) and An Post is part of a strategy on the part of the bank to maintain a branch presence in all of Ireland’s rural towns and villages, and comes at a time when a number of local post offices have been seen as under threat of closure on financial viability grounds.
An Post claims new targets for next-day postal deliveries set by the telecoms regulator, Ms Etain Doyle, are unnecessary and unattainable. The development is the latest sign of strain in the relationship between the State company and Ms Doyle’s office, which has regulated its business since September last year.
In addition, Ms Doyle has sought more information from An Post to justify its application for a 30 per cent rise in international postal tariffs.
The company has already taken issue with a (pounds) 550,000 (EUR699,000) fee levied by Ms Doyle’s office for its regulation this year, arguing it is excessive and “totally inappropriate”.
On delivery standards, Ms Doyle said in a paper last September that An Post’s customers wanted a “much improved” standard of next-day delivery.
She added that the company did not meet its own target of 90 per cent for all mails at present.
Up to 800 unprofitable post offices should be amalgamated with retail
services or established as Government services outlets, according to
an official report to be published this week. (Republic of Ireland)
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