Mr. Donal Connell.

CEO An Post,

General Post Office,

O’Connell Street,

Dublin 1.                                                                                  21st December 2010.

Re:  Ballingeary Post Office.

Dear Mr. O’Connell,

I write to you with regard to the proposed closure of Ballingeary Post office in the Muskerry Gaeltacht in County Cork, which has caused great dismay locally.

I am concerned that the closure of the post office will have a negative impact on life in the community and on local businesses.

The banking services which will not be retained as part of the agency service which is to be opened, is of crucial importance, as is postal registration.  There is a significant level of business in the area given Udaras na Gaeltachta have an industrial estate in the village.  This service is also used by students who attend and reside at the Irish college in Ballingeary during the summer months.

I would appeal to you to revisit this decision to downgrade services to Ballingeary.  Ballingeary is unique in that it is a Gaeltacht village with different needs to that of non-Gaeltacht areas.

I look forward to hearing from you on this matter.


Michael Creed T.D.

Dáil Deputy for Cork North West.


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