The Republic’s postal service has joined the exodus of shoppers travelling to Northern Ireland for bargains by ordering a four-year supply of uniforms from a Londonderry clothing company.
An Post estimates that it will spend around €3m over the next four years on uniforms including boots and weather gear, and Hunter Apparel Solutions from Derry will supply a portion of these.
A spokesperson for An Post insisted that the company was chosen by An Post because of its “extensive experience in providing uniforms for state companies”, despite the fact that 14 Irish companies applied for the contract.
He said : “An Post issued a tender competition in line with EU regulations and responses were received from companies from the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and England.
“The responses were evaluated according to the criteria published within the tender document, including previous experience, turnaround time, quality of materials and previous experience,” he added.