100 posties a year attacked by dogs
Nearly 100 postmen and women are attacked by dogs each year in Northern Ireland, Royal Mail has said.
The figure was revealed as plans for an independent inquiry into dog attacks were launched.
A total of 24,143 Royal Mail postal staff have been attacked while delivering mail since 2006, with 570 in Northern Ireland
Chairman of Royal Mail Group Donald Brydon announced the new inquiry will examine the prevalence of attacks and their consequences, plus make recommendations on the way forward.
Mr Brydon said: "It is an offence to decency that good people should suffer these attacks when carrying out their daily jobs and serving the public."
There are close to 4,000 dog attacks across the UK annually, with around 90 each year in Northern Ireland.
Many postal staff suffer serious injury and trauma.
The inquiry, to be chaired by former High Court judge Sir Gordon Langley, is expected to report later this year.