The price of posting letters in Ireland is set to increase
An Post has announced that it will implement the price increases on standard stamps and letters from 27 May.
The move was initially announced in February 2020 but subsequently postponed as part of its public service measures for consumers and business during the lockdown.
It will see the standard national letter stamp increase to €1.10 from €1.00, while there will also be an increase in the standard international letter price to €2.00 from €1.70.
However, there will be no increase in charges for sending Registered Mail, large envelopes and packets within Ireland.
An Post has also said it will extend its temporary SME supports to the end of 2021, which provides discounts of 34% on parcels and 5% on mail for SMEs during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“These increases are necessary for An Post to accelerate its successful transformation into a modern network delivering to every community across the country," David McRedmond, CEO of An Post said.
"We’re rebuilding our infrastructure to support growth in eCommerce, expanding our e-Vehicle fleet for fast, sustainable zero-emissions delivery and designing a world-class delivery structure for the community and businesses.
“We have provided millions of euros worth of postage discounts and free mail marketing to SMEs during the pandemic. We pledge to extend our SME supports and to maintain our Community Focus initiatives to keep all our customers connected through free postage to nursing homes and for those living alone, free newspaper delivery and postperson check-ins for older, vulnerable or isolated customers.”