Privacy Policy

Last updated: 29/02/2016

Last Change: The cookie policy has been updated to reflect the inclusion of an advertising cookie from Google called DoubleClick. This cookie ensures that we show advertising that is relevant to you.

An Post web policy

Access to this site and the use of information contained on it is governed by the terms and conditions set out below. Since they are for the protection of both you and An Post a limited liability company having its registered office at the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 (herein referred to as “An Post”), please take the time to read them carefully. By using this Website you will be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions. Please note that this Website is owned and operated by An Post and that references to “we”, “us and “our” mean An Post.

  1. Copyright in this site and the information set out on it belongs to us or our licensors and may not be copied, transmitted or reproduced without our prior consent. All copyright, trademark and other proprietary notices must be left intact.
    Save as otherwise specified the contents of all the pages contained in this site are copyright of An Post or its licensors.
    1. Reproduction of part or all of the contents of the pages in any form is prohibited other than in accordance with the following permissions. You are granted a non-exclusive, non transferable licence solely for the purpose of using this site and any services available on this site. You may make one electronically stored, transient copy of these pages of this site for the exclusive purpose of on-line viewing. You may make one hard copy of these pages for exclusively, non-commercial purposes.
    2. Save whether otherwise specified the author(s) of the literary and artistic work set out in the pages contained in this site has/have asserted his/her/their moral rights to be identified as the author of these works.
    3. This licence does not permit incorporation of the material or any part of it in any other work or publication, whether in hardcopy or electronic or any other form. In particular (but without limitation) no part of this site may be distributed or copied for any commercial purpose.
    4. No part of this site may be reproduced on or transmitted to or stored in any other website or other form of electronic retrieval.
  2. Some pages on this site contain hypertext links to websites of business units and subsidiaries of An Post. You are reminded that when you enter such sites, you will be subject to the terms and conditions of those sites.
  3. Some pages on this site contain hypertext links to websites not maintained by An Post. You are reminded that when you enter other websites via such hypertext links, you will not be subject to these terms and conditions and you will not benefit from the protections afforded to you in using our site. We will not be liable in any way for the content, availability or use of such link to websites and you use such links entirely at your own risk.
  4. You warrant that you will use this site in accordance with all the terms and conditions applying to such use and you agree to indemnity An Post for any liability accruing to An Post from your use of this site.
  5. This site is established in Ireland in accordance with the laws of Ireland and will be governed by the laws of that country. When you use the site, you accept that your use of the site and any information on the site will also be governed by the laws of Ireland and if any claim or dispute arises from your use of the site or any information on it, you agree that the Irish Courts will have non-exclusive jurisdiction over all such claims or disputes.
  6. The use of this site or the distribution of information on the site may be restricted by local law or regulation in certain jurisdictions and this website is not intended for use nor the information intended for distribution in such jurisdictions and the persons accessing this website should inform themselves about and observe any such restrictions.
  7. No third party is permitted to link any other website to this site without obtaining our prior written consent.
  8. Please note that the sending of personal information via e-mail over the internet may not be secure and can be intercepted by third parties or incorrectly delivered. You should not divulge confidential or personal information over the internet unless you are using secure or encrypted communications technology.
  9. The contents of this site including these terms and conditions are subject to change by us without notification to you. We accept no responsibility or liability for keeping the information in this site up to date or for any failure to do so.
  10. Disclaimer
    The information contained in this site is for information purposes only. Whilst every care has been taken in its preparation we do not make any warranties or representations as to its completeness, accuracy or reliability. Although we have made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all of the information on the site is accurate at the time of inclusion, we do not represent that this is the case and it should not be relied upon as such. We neither accept nor assume any responsibility to you in relation to the contents of this site. Access to and use of this site is at the users own risk and we do not represent or warrant the use of this site or any material downloaded from it will not cause damage to property, including but not limited to loss of data or computer virus infection. In no event do we accept liability of any description including liability for negligence for any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data or profits arising out of or in connection with the access, use or performance of this site or any of its contents. We do not accept liability for any inaccuracies or omissions on this site. All implied warranties are excluded to the fullest extent permissible under law. We reserve the right to update or alter the information on this site including these terms and conditions at any time without giving notice of the alterations. An Post do not give any warranty of uninterrupted use of this site and An Post do not accept liability for any information posted on this site by third parties.
  11. You will ensure that your use of this website complies with all applicable laws and regulations, including but not limited to those principles of law which protect against compromise of copyrights, trade secrets, proprietary information and other intellectual property rights, liable or defamation of character, invasion of privacy or tortious interference.
  12. No data transmission over the internet can be guaranteed as totally secure. Whilst we strive to protect such information we do not warrant and cannot ensure the security of any information which you transmit to us. Accordingly, any information which you transmit to us is transmitted at your own risk. Nevertheless, once we receive your transmission, we will take reasonable steps to preserve the security of such information.
  13. You agree not to post or publish any offensive, defamatory or unlawful material that could encourage or constitute a criminal offence, civil liability or violation of any law.
  14. An Post reserves the right to monitor or review the contents of the website but are not obliged to do so and assume no liability or responsibility for the contents therein.
  15. An Post reserves the right to remove any materials posted to the website at its absolute discretion.
  16. An Post may disclose your identity to relevant parties to aid any investigation.
  17. You warrant that the information you enter on this site is accurate and you indemnify us in respect of any damage or legal costs arising out of any action taken against us in respect of the material posted by you.


Data Privacy Statement of the An Post Group

An Post websites
This is the privacy statement of the An Post Group as it relates to this website. We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of other websites. Any external links to other websites are clearly identified as such.

In addition to this Privacy Statement you may wish to read our Data Protection Policy.

General statement
An Post respects the rights of users of our website and is committed to protecting your privacy in accordance with Data Protection legislation at all times. We will not collect any personal information (also referred to as personal data) about you on this website without your permission or otherwise in accordance with Data Protection legislation.
Collection and use of personal data

You do not have to provide us with any personal information (or personal data) to use our website. However, where you choose to give us personal data, via online feedback forms or email, then we will treat your personal information in accordance with Data Protection legislation.

Web browsing

By simply visiting our website, you do not disclose, nor do we collect, personal data about you. The information collected about your visit is limited to technical data such as:

  1. the Internet address (or IP address) of the device you used to access this website
  2. whether you reached the site using a search engine or if you clicked a link on another website
  3. the type of web-browser you used
  4. the type of device you used to access the Internet.

We use this data for administrative and statistical purposes as well as to help us improve our website. This technical data does not provide us with the personal data of visitors to our website.

Cookie policy

Last updated: 26/09/2016

Last Change: The cookie policy has been updated to reflect the inclusion of an advertising cookie from Google called DoubleClick. This cookie ensures that we show advertising that is relevant to you.

This Cookie Policy describes the different types of cookies and similar technologies that may be applied on the An Post site.

An Post site: Site wide including subsites.

Subdomains are as follows:


We may change this Cookie Policy at any time.  Please take a look at the “Effective Date” legend at the top of this page to see when this Cookie Policy was last revised.  Any changes in this Cookie Policy will become effective when we make the revised Cookie Policy available on or through the Site.

What is a cookie?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a Site. Cookies are then sent back to the originating Site on each subsequent visit, or to another Site that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a site to recognise a user’s device. You can find more information about cookies at: and

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently remembering your preferences, and generally improve your web site experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.

Most Sites you visit will use cookies in order to improve your user experience by enabling that Site to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’).

Cookies may be set by the Site you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other Sites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).

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An Post Cookies

An Post (“An Post”/“us”/”our”/”we”) uses first party and third party cookies. We use cookies in order to make this Site easier to use, to support the provision of information and functionality to you, as well as to provide us with information about how this Site is used so that we can make sure it is as up to date, relevant and error free as we can.

Further information about the types of cookies that are used on this Site is set out below. To the extent any Personal Information is collected through cookies, the Data Privacy Statement applies and compliments this Cookie Policy.
By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies and the cookies notice at the top of your browser will disappear. If you block our use of cookies, you may be unable to access certain areas of our Site and certain functions and pages will not work in the usual way. Doing so may also affect our ability to update this Site to cater for user preferences and improve its performance.

The cookies used on the An Post site have been categorised based on the categories found in the UK International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Cookie guide. A list of all the cookies used on this site by category is set out below.

Strictly Necessary Cookies:
Strictly necessary cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the site and use its features and/or services. Without these absolutely necessary cookies, the Site will not perform as smoothly for you as we would like it to and we may not be able to provide the Site or certain services or features.

Cookie Name Description When do cookies expire? 1st or 3rd party
addresspalcookie Stores a logged in customer’s first name End of session 1st party
addresspalsupportscookies Check if customer has cookies enable 1 minute 1st party
AddressPalBanner Manages the addresspal cookies banner 1 year 1st party
AnpostBanner Manages the cookies banner 1 year 1st party
ASP.NET_SessionID Keeps track of the customer’s session End of session 1st party
.AspNet.TwoFactorCookie Microsoft ASP.Net Identity is a membership system that manages the username and password functionality Immediately 1st party
.AspNet.ExternalCookie Immediately 1st party
.AspNet.ApplicationCookie End of session 1st party
ASPSESSIONIDQQBAQRDT, ASPSESSIONIDQCACCTQD Classic ASP manages user’s session End of session 1st party
AuthToken Maintains user details during session End of session 1st party
complianceCookie used to maintain the users “presumed” consent to cookies being stored on their device 14 days 1st party
mmal Mail management address lookup customer use 4 minutes 1st party
Mmca Indicates customer’s Mail management current application End of session 1st party
_RequestVerificationToken ASP Identity, managing customer logging for security. End of session 1st party
Unblocktime Control number or users’ searches for a correct postal address 12 hours 1st party

 Performance Cookies:

Performance cookies collect information about how visitors use a Site, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a Site works.

Cookie Name Description When do cookies expire? 1st or 3rd party









We use Google Analytics to measure how users interact with our site content, for example what are the most popular pages. Google Analytics is Google’s free web analytics tool that mainly helps site owners to understand how their visitors engage with their site by setting cookies on the domain of the site you are visiting. They collect information anonymously and report site trends without identifying individual visitors.

From session to 2 years, please check:

Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Sites

3rd party

Functional cookies

Functional cookies allow this Site to remember choices you make (such as your user name and log in details) and any customisations you make to Site pages during your visit and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, these cookies can be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymous and they cannot track your browsing activity on other Sites. More information about such cookies can be found in the relevant third party website.

Domain / Cookie Name

Description 1st or 3rd party
di, dt, ssc, ui, sshs, ssh, uid, __atuvc
Social media sharing buttons 3rd party dmvk, ident, __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz Used to display video content 3rd party localization Display of An Post content hosted on 3rd party
Display An Post content hosted on Flickr is a service provided by yahoo 3rd party
lu, datr, presence, act, p, sub, c_user, s, xs, csm
Social media sharing 3rd party
Social media sharing 3rd party
__utmz, __utma, __utmc, __utmv, _twitter_sess, guest_id, k, remember_checked, twid, twll
Displays the An Post twitter stream & social media sharing 3rd party
Display of An Post content hosted on 3rd party
SERVERID, __utmc, __utmb, __utma, __utmz
Display of Powerpoint presentations 3rd party
Part of the powerpoint presentation display 3rd party
tripadvisor badge displayed at the bottom of web pages 3rd party
TASession, v1st, TAUnique, TACds, BEPIN, TATravelInfo, ServerPool, CM , __utmc, __utmb, __utma, __utmz
tripadvisor badge displayed at the bottom of web pages 3rd party
AWSELB, __qca, utma, _utmb, utmc (session), utmt, utmz, fyre-livecount
Posting to the Direct Debate section of the site using social media 3rd party
PX_PxcelPage, __stid, __uset
Social media sharing buttons 3rd party
Part of the livefyre functionality 3rd party
3rd party

Targeting or Advertising Cookies:
Targeting or Advertising cookies are linked to services provided by third parties. The third party provides these services in return for recognising that you have visited our Site. These cookies collect information about your browsing habits on this Site in order to make advertising both on this Site and other Sites you subsequently visit relevant to you and your interests, to limit the number of times those adverts are served to you and to help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns.

Cookie Name DescriptionWhen do cookies expire? When do cookies expire? 1st or 3rd party

DoubleClick by Google (Ad Platform)


These cookies collect information about your browsing habits on this Site in order to make advertising both on this Site and other Sites you subsequently visit relevant to you and your interests, to limit the number of times those adverts are served to you and to help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. 

Please check:

3rd party


Managing cookies in your browser:

In addition to the options provided above, you may refuse or accept cookies from the Site at any time by activating settings on your browser. Information about the procedure to follow in order to enable or disable cookies can be found on your Internet browser provider’s site via your help screen. We have also supplied links to several of the more popular browsers for procedures on how to view and disable cookies.

Please be aware that if cookies are disabled, not all features of the Site may operate as intended.

Google Chrome Google Chrome Browser

Microsoft Internet Explorer Microsoft Internet Explorer Browser

FirefoxMozilla Firefox Browser

SafariApple Safari Browser

Opera Web Browser 

How to delete cookies
For further information on how to delete cookies we recommend that you read the information provided at following link:

Further Information
You can find more information about cookies by visiting to obtain detailed information on how to prevent cookies from being set on your particular browser.

For further information about Google Analytics please see Safeguarding your data.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all Sites, visit

If you would like further information about the cookies used in relation to YouTube videos, the YouTube privacy notice, including details about YouTube related cookies, is available at:

If you would like to find out more about advertising networks and affiliate programmes and how cookies are used for these purposes, please visit This is an information portal which is run by the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB), the trade association for digital advertising, and will provide you will all the information you need to know about online behavioural advertising and the choices available to you.

Giving us your personal information

Please note that where you provide us with your personal information (e.g. name, e-mail address, work address, phone and facsimile numbers and/or other contact information), through a facility provided on this website or directly to us by e-mail, you consent to us:

    (a) processing and administering your personal data to perform all necessary actions to give effect to your request or instruction; and

    (b) retaining a record of incoming and outgoing communications (e.g. email).
    Information in the email we receive and send will not be disclosed to any third party without the permission of the sender unless otherwise in accordance with the Data Protection legislation.

Please note that by using this website you are giving us your consent to process your personal data as outlined in this Privacy Statement.  Your consent is also provided to any successor or assignee of An Post and/or any of its businesses. We inform all persons who submit their personal data to us of these conditions by this Privacy Statement.

Security of data
An Post takes seriously its security obligations in respect of your personal data under the Data Protection Acts to prevent unauthorised access to, or alteration or destruction of personal data in our possession.

Right of Access
Where you have provided us with your personal data you have a right to be given a copy of your personal data in accordance with section 4 of the Data Protection Acts subject to certain exceptions.  To request a copy of your personal data please visit our Access Request Policy where you can download our Access Request Form for completion before sending it to us at Data Protection Co-Ordinator, An Post, Management Suite, GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 together with the prescribed fee of €6.35.  Please note the following important requirements:

    1. we reserve the right not to process an access request that is not made in our Access Request Form format;
    2. we shall not process an access request unless the prescribed fee of €6.35 is received by cheque or postal money order made payable to An Post; and
    3. we do not accept access requests via telephone, email or text message.

Right of rectification or erasure
If we hold incorrect information about you which was originally submitted by you through this website, you have the right to have the data amended.  Further you have the right to have any information you have sent to us via this website erased.  To request your right to rectification and/or erasure please send your request to us in writing at Data Protection Co-Ordinator, An Post, Management Suite, GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 together with:

    1. Your name and address.
    2. A description of the specific personal data you wish rectified.
    3. If you request an erasure of your personal data all your data will be erased subject to the following important notice.

We are not required to rectify or erase your data where to do so would prevent you from meeting your contractual obligations to us or where we are required to process (including retaining) your personal data for a lawful purpose in accordance with the Data Protection Acts.

An Post trusts that you appreciate we respect your right to privacy and that our honesty and integrity shall mean that you will continue to trust us with your personal data, knowing that we will not use it for any inappropriate purpose.

Glossary of technical terms used

IP address: The identifying details for your computer (or your internet company's computer), expressed in "internet protocol" code (for example Every computer connected to the web has a unique IP address, although the address may not be the same every time a connection is made.

personal data: means information about you which can identify you and which is within the possession of An Post (e.g. your name and address) 

web browser: The piece of software you use to read web pages. Examples are Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari.