Moves by An Post to cut costs by introducing roadside mailboxes in rural Ireland are meeting with opposition.

For many people living in rural Ireland, the home postal delivery service is being replaced by mailboxes at roadside delivery points. 

The controversial boxes, now a growing feature of the rural landscape.

For farmer Martin Higgins in the parish of Clonberne, ten miles from the town of Tuam, County Galway, his new mailbox is just 200 yards from his house. At the other end of the village people are not so lucky and now have to walk half a mile to collect their post. 

Those against the new delivery system point to a lack of security and claim that An Post never offered them a choice that they were forced into accepting the mailboxes. 

I ask you would Feargal Quinn or his buddies in the board of An Post... would they go to O'Connell Bridge or somewhere like that and go mickey mousing trying to get a few letters out of a box. That's when you'd have an outcry and you'd have Gaybo and all the boys with him and it's just not good enough. I'm not having the box any longer. I'm giving it back and they can do what they like with my letters.

Not everyone is opposed to the new mailboxes, one man says it is a small price to pay if the new system saves money for the country.

Dan Joe O'Donovan Chairman of the Irish Farmer's Association (IFA) Western Committee is critical of the new system and is demanding that the whole experiment is scrapped. IFA Vice President John Donnelly maintains that many older people would not have agreed to the new system had they been presented with the facts.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 November 1987. The reporter is Jim Fahy.