Breen laments closure of Ballynacally Post Office

November 5th, 2009 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has described the closure of his local post office in Ballynacally as another body blow for Rural Ireland. He has paid tribute to the generations of Hehir and Tighe Families for their service to the Community of Ballynacally down through the years. Deputy Breen has made representations to An Post requesting that they put in place alternative arrangements particularly for the elderly people who live in the area.

“Friday last was a sad day for the Parish of Ballynacally. Local Post Offices are the lifeblood of our communities and for generations the Hehir and Tighe have provided a wonderful service to the people of the village which often went beyond the call of duty.

“When you close down a local post office you do just remove a post office but you remove a vital service from the local community. The elderly and those without transport are the most affected by the closure of a local post office and they will now have to hire taxis or get somebody to drive them to pick up their pensions in either Kildysart or Lissycasey.”

“I have written to the CEO of An Post highlighting my concerns and requesting that they put alternative arrangements in place for the people of Ballynacally.”

“Bit by bit vital services are being removed from our rural communities whether it is the local Post Office or the Local Garda Station and as a result people are being left isolated in rural areas, commercial interests should not be the only consideration, in order to sustain local Rural Communities there must be a recognition of the social dimension and the valuable contribution that either the Rural Post Office or the Rural Garda Station play in sustaining rural communities.”