No progress on new services could see further Post Office closures

Between 2 and 3 hundred post offices could be forced to close over the next 18 months unless they're granted access to government services.

The Irish Postmasters Union says a deal agreed with An Post last year, provided for the introduction of services, such as car tax, drivers' licenses and Leap cards.

However, it says in the time since, no progress has been made.

Speaking ahead of their annual conference in Portlaoise later, IPU General Secretary Ned O'Hara says the issue could lead to hundreds of post offices having to close their doors: