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Scenes from a demonstration held by the Irish Postmasters’ Union last night with Mattie McGrath (2nd pic) and Michael Healy-Rae TD speaking, above.

The protesters claim a new partnership between An Post and Tesco will destroy the Irish post office network in two years. The Tesco deal will see Tesco staff, not bound by the Official Secrets Legislation, provide post office-like services from Tesco supermarkets.

The protesters last night called on the Government to make a clear plan to sustain post offices throughout Ireland.

Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland