Two Week Deadline for Ballynacally Post Office – BREEN

December 21st, 2009 - Pat Breen

Following the recent closure of Ballynacally Post Office, Local Fine Gael Deputy Pat Breen T.D. made representations to An Post’s Chief Executive Donal Connell, requesting that he give favourable consideration to re-opening a Post Office in the Village. Following receipt of response from An Post’s CEO, Local T.D. and Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs said that “expressions of local interest in taking over the Postal Agency are now urgent, if Ballynacally is to retain it’s local Post Office.”

Acknowledging the contribution of the Hehir/Tighe families in providing post services in the Village, down through the years, Deputy Breen highlighted the impact that closing down this local service was having on the local community, especially the elderly and those without transport who have to hire taxis or get somebody to drive them to pick up their pensions in either Kildysart or Lissycasey.

Deputy Breen also urged An Post to put alternative facilities in place.

Donal Connell, Chief Executive, An Post has now informed Deputy Breen that in an effort to maintain core retail services in Ballynacally, that they had advertised a postal agency contract. They had one application of interest, but the premises put forward by the individual concerned was, located outside the Ballynacally Catchment Area. As a result, he advised Deputy Breen that they were left with no alternative but to close the office.”

Nevertheless, Deputy Breen urged An Post to review the situation and to consider other applications. In light of this, Donal Connell has advised him that they “are prepared to give favourable consideration to any suitable application for a postal agency at Ballynacally which might be forthcoming between now and year-end”.

Commenting on this Deputy Breen said “I would urge anybody who is interested in taking over the Postal Agency to immediately apply to An Post as they are now willing to open applications until the end of the year.”

“I am hoping that some expressions of local interest will be forthcoming, otherwise, the Postal Agency will be permanently lost to our Community.”