DESPITE the arctic conditions in the lead up to Christmas An Post workers managed to deliver all post sent by the December 19 deadline in Offaly.
A spokesperson for An Post said huge efforts were made by all staff to ensure the post arrived in time for Christmas.
They said it was an unusual situation where you had postal routes side by side with some impassable and some passable.
"Of course there was disruption. There were two big belts of snow and it was patchy. The staff put in the hours and the effort,"commented the spokesperson.
To help workers get around special safety boots were issued as part of their new uniform to which special clamps can be added for grip in ice and snow.
An Post's 6,000 postal staff took delivery of their new-look uniforms over the New Year break and are now stepping outin modern work-wear designed to keep them warm, comfortable and looking smart, whatever the weather.
The new uniform is more hard-wearing and has been extensively tested by a team of foot, bicycle and van postmen and postwomen in a variety of rural and urban locations.
A number of adjustments to elements such as collars, pocket size and buttonhole positioning were made to the initial designs, based on their feedback.
An Post spends approximately €1m annually on replacement kit for mails collection and delivery staff, including shirts, trousers, safety boots and raingear.The new kit is more cost effective as the various parts are more versatile, the fabrics more durable and all fully machine washable.