Figures released this afternoon show that An Post's service last year fell well short of targets set by communications regulator ComReg.

ComReg's 2004 report on the postal service shows that 72% of standard mail was delivered within one working day throughout the State. This compares with the regulator's target of 94% and is up only slightly on the 2003 figure of 71%.

96% of mail was delivered within three working days. This was again short of the ComReg target of 99.5% and was unchanged from 2003.

The report also found that service levels for mail posted in Dublin for delivery elsewhere were poorer than for mail posted outside Dublin for delivery countrywide.