The Irish Postmasters' Union General Secretary Ned O'Hara has said in light of the recent HSE cyber attack, people deserve a viable alternative payment system for the State, which he said could be provided by the Post Office Network.

Speaking on RTÉ's Drivetime, Ned O'Hara said the Post Office should be the offline solution, as there are people who don't want to or can't use the technology.

He said a number of Government services could be operated through the Post Office Network, including identity verification which he said would make the electoral register more secure.

Mr O'Hara said an asset such as the Post Office Network should be maintained.

He said they agreed in 2018 to transform the Post Office Network, that An Post would support them for three years, until new Government sources came online and the business was developed, but he said Covid has affected this and new Government services have materialised.

Mr O'Hara said unless they happen, they "really are in trouble, serious trouble".

He said they're in "a very grave situation and unless something is done, the Network is just going to collapse".