NEWS RELEASE: AN POST URGED TO COME CLEAN ON POST AND PAY DEAL WITH UK MULTIPLE
AN Post should not undermine Irish Town centres through secret Tesco deal: RGDATA
RGDATA, the organisation representing the independent retail grocery sector in Ireland has called on An Post to reveal the arrangements it has made with Tesco for the establishment of new sub post offices at Tesco stores. In particular RGDATA expressed real concerns that the selection of Tesco as a partner for An Post amounted to a strategic decision by the State company to de-prioritise the provision of postal services in Irish town and village centres.
RGDATA also called on An Post to confirm how the arrangement concluded with Tesco was addressed under public procurement arrangements.
Tara Buckley. RGDATA Director General said;
"In a week when it was announced that An Post was awarded the new contract to deliver cash payments on behalf of the Department of Social Protection, there are increasing concerns that An Post has taken a decision to move away from Irish town and village centres through a new strategic link up with Tesco. Given the importance of the post office to the vitality and viability of Irish town centres, we need an assurance from An Post that they remain committed to Irish towns and villages and that they are not engaged in a process of effectively outsourcing their post office services to a major UK multiple. We also need to see the nature of the agreement reached between AN Post and Tesco – An Post is a semi state company that is bound by public procurement protocols and as such must offer any commercial opportunities in an open and transparent manner – we need an assurance that An Post complied with public procurement protocols in this case."
Tara Buckley said that RGDATA would be writing to Minister Pat Rabbitte, An Post and the relevant Oireachtas Committee to seek information and assurances on the An Post/ Tesco deal.
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