Connolly Post Office to close its doors - BREEN

February 26th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has described the news that the Post Office in Connolly is to close down “as another savage attack on services in rural Ireland”.

Deputy Breen has paid tribute to Pauline Connellan and her late husband Patsy for their 37 years of loyal and dedicated service to the community of Connolly and has wished her well in retirement. Deputy Breen claims that An Post are using the retirement of Post Mistresses/Post Masters as an excuse to plough ahead with the closure of rural Post Offices and he has also slammed the lack of Government action to arrest the decline of rural Ireland which is resulting in the closure of Post Offices, Garda Stations and even the Dept of Agriculture Office in Ennis which will close its doors on the 15th April next, leaving Clare Farmers high and dry.

“First of all, may I take this opportunity to pay tribute to Pauline Connellan and her late husband Patsy (RIP), for their 37 years of loyal and dedicated service to the people of Connolly and I would like to wish her well in her retirement.”

“When the doors close on the village Post Office it will bring to an end a vital service which has been so important for the Community of Connolly and the reality is that this is another savage attack on services in rural Ireland.”

“I am very disappointed at this latest decision and I believe that An Post are using the retirements of Post Mistresses/Post Masters as an excuse to plough ahead with their plans to close down rural post offices. They are refusing to advertise the resultant vacancy and the people of Connolly/Kilmaley will now be forced to go to Miltown Malbay or Ennis especially the elderly people who have to pick up their pensions, and of course in many areas now we do have any rural transport and yet at the same time, we are expecting people to travel further for basic services with this ongoing policy of centralisation.”

“This Government’s lack of action to arrest the decline of Rural Ireland has already led to the closure of many of our rural post offices and Garda Stations and Clare Farmers are the latest victims with the Dept. of Agriculture Office in Ennis closing down on the 15th April next, forcing Clare Farmers to travel to Limerick to do their necessary business.”

“An Post must review their policy of closing down rural post offices and centralising all services and while I understand from An Post that they have plans to introduce a limited service in the Connolly area, similar to which has been introduced in other areas, this is not a full Post Office, and I would urge them to reconsider this decision as effectively the entire area of Kilmaley/Connolly/Inagh/Kilnamona is now left without a fully serviced Post Office.

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