Laois rural Post Office to close with the retirement of its Post Master

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

Laois rural Post Office to close with the retirement of its Post Master

Ballinakill Post Office, set to close with retirement of Post Master Aidan Kennedy

A post office in a Laois village is closing down because the Post Master is retiring from service.

Aidan Kennedy is retiring from Ballinakill Post Office after over 50 years of service.

The loss of the post office in the south Laois area will mean that customers will have to travel a 6km journey to the next nearest office in Abbeyleix for their pensions and post services.

Post Office services must be retained in Ballinakill, a Laois TD has said today.

Sinn Féin Deputy Brian Stanley said the the closure due to the retirement will hit the community.

“The closure of the post office due to retirement of the Post Master is a blow to the village of Ballinakill and the surrounding areas. This facility has provided valuable services to the community for several generations.

The population of the village and the surrounding area has increased in recent years, with the village population now at about 450 people, also offering services to the large secondary school Heywood College in Ballinakill.

Dep Stanley points out that A Post is intending to add extra services through the post office network to reform them in attempts to ensure their future viability.

“Therefore, An Post should advertise the contract for the Ballinakill Post Office to ascertain the level of interest and keep the option open of co-locating it with an existing business. I have raised this directly with An Post," he said.