Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation, Postal And Courier Activities
Postal And Courier Activities
53.1 - Postal activities under universal service obligation

1,300 - 2,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
8 December 2009
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2010
Foreseen end date
1 January 2013


In 2009, Ireland's state postal company An Post announced 1,300 redundancies over three years in a cost-cutting plan commenced in January 2010. The company subsequently revised the planned maximum redundancies to 2000 by the end of 2015.

The first phase of the restructuring plan will see 250 headquarters workers in Dublin take voluntary redundancy from January 2010. An Post has said that it has no choice but to seek to slash costs and jobs prior to the full liberalisation of the postal market due to start in 2011. According to the company, a 10 per cent drop in postal volumes in 2009 has also contributed to An Post's worsening financial situation. In total, up to 2,000 staff from an overall workforce of 10,000 could leave under the plan.


  • 29 April 2011: The Irish Independent
  • 8 December 2009: The Irish Times


Eurofound (2009), An Post, Internal restructuring in Ireland, factsheet number 69987, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/69987.