Post Office closure sees credit union service return to Laois village

Conor Ganly

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Conor Ganly

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People First Credit Union office in Ballinakill

Credit union services are set to return to a Laois village partly due to the recent closure of the local Post Office.

People First Credit Union is set to reopen an office in Ballinakill which shut two years ago.

The branch closed in 2016 and the community has been told that the decision to start again is related to the recent closure of the Ballinakill Post Office. It closed in 2018 as part of An Post's rationalisation programme. 

Ballinakill's office had been affiliated to Abbeyleix Credit Union. This has since merged with People First Credit Union which has a head office in Portlaoise. 

People First CEO is Sean Dunne.

“We are delighted to be re-opening the Ballinakill branch today, we felt it was important to reach out to the community particularly in light of the closure of the Post Office within the town. We are hoping that the people of Ballinakill get behind us to avail of the wide range of services the credit union has to offer. And we also look forward to welcoming new members to the opening,” he said.

The office re-opens on Saturday, March 2 at 10 am. To mark the occasion, the staff will hold a coffee morning and will be giving away a cash prize. There will also be lots of spot prizes.

A draw takes place at 11.30am noon and all are very welcome.