An Post look set to move out of the GPO and reduce their staff numbers
"The GPO offices are dilapidated and no longer fit for purpose."
An Post are seeking up to 300 voluntary redundancies in a cost-cutting plan that may also see them move the majority of their office staff away from their historic headquarters at the GPO.
The organisation said that 1,200 individuals, most of whom are based in the GPO, will be able to apply for the voluntary redundancy scheme following a work re-design process.
Regarding the idea of moving away from the GPO, An Post will also explore options for the future location of its headquarters.
The GPO will still function as a post office; it's only the office functions that are set to be reviewed.
The GPO headquarter offices were last refurbished when An Post was created out of the old Posts & Telegraphs in 1984. In addition to exploring refurbishment options for the GPO offices, the company also be looking at other locations that suit their needs.
Commenting on a potential move away from the GPO, a spokesperson for An Post said: "The company is determined to provide office accommodation fit for the business and its employees. The GPO offices are dilapidated and in their current form are no longer fit for purpose as the modern Headquarter of one of Ireland’s leading companies.
"It is 34 years since the last refurbishment and this time lapse far exceeds the accepted norm of 15-20 years for an office refurbishment (and typical depreciation period of 10 years). Initial estimates to refurbish the building are extremely high requiring a budget of tens of millions of euros and will take a long time to complete, especially as much of the building is listed.”