Dumbo Daly intervenes to help save Balllineen Post Office!

carlovian

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Just pleased to see he can take time out from his great ideas about social media use.
 


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'Any publicity is better than no publicity' - I assume is Jim Daly's motto( sorry his handler's motto)
 

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It is reported in the Examiner this morning that Ballineen PO may close after 160 years.

https://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/minister-intervenes-in-effort-to-save-west-cork-post-office-466946.html

And local Junior Minster and all-round waster Jim Daly is kicking up a fuss about it!

Nowhere in the report is it mentioned that the closest Post Office to Ballineen is a mere 750 metres away in Ballineen's twin village of Enniskeane - and there's a footpath all the way between the two towns (joint population 700).

If An Post don't close down Ballineen PO then they really need their heads examined!


He should throw his cap in with Deputy Healy-Rae (who's been doing extensive research into transport for people by bus, taxi or premises-owners to ferry clients from pubs to their homes).

Perhaps the answer lies with late-night opening of the post office.

They could amalgamate the two: transport to POs = money; on to the pubs = happy customers and happy pub owners/post office owner. The transport would be very short-run - they'd be home in a minute.

They could even use tandems as the distance is so short.
 

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He should throw his cap in with Deputy Healy-Rae (who's been doing extensive research into transport for people by bus, taxi or premises-owners to ferry clients from pubs to their homes).

Perhaps the answer lies with late-night opening of the post office.

They could amalgamate the two: transport to POs = money; on to the pubs = happy customers and happy pub owners/post office owner. The transport would be very short-run - they'd be home in a minute.

They could even use tandems as the distance is so short.
Brilliant!
 

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As long as the current electoral system remains in place this sort of sh1te will continue in all constituencies not just Cork South West.

A few months ago didn't An Post get a bailout of €30 million to keep hundreds of loss making Post Offices open.
Like it or not, Ireland is a rural country. Post offices provide more value to communities than just postal services but I wouldn't expect the "close em all" non thinkers to grasp this concept.

That said, if there is another post office 700 meters away, one of them needs to close. No need for two of them in such close proximity. It sounds like the ultimate in gombeen parish pumpery but is this place on the border of the constituency?
 

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You clearly don't understand the dynamic between the twin villages. The Ballier lads hate the Enniskeeners. The last thing they would do is so much as spend tupence up in Enniskeen. Years ago there was a proposal to put a clock on the church spire in Enniskeen. They were not however to out a face on the Ballineen side of the church tower because the Enniskeen people won't give them the time of day. There is bitter enmity between both villages going back to the plantation and neither village can abide the other.

There is a story that an Enniskeen man married a Ballineen woman and they couldn't get a hotel to hold the reception nor any of their families to attend. In the end a Kerryman agreed to act as best man and a nun as bridesmaid.
Oh for fvck sake. Inbred idiots.
 

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Like it or not, Ireland is a rural country. Post offices provide more value to communities than just postal services but I wouldn't expect the "close em all" non thinkers to grasp this concept.

That said, if there is another post office 700 meters away, one of them needs to close. No need for two of them in such close proximity.

It sounds like the ultimate in gombeen parish pumpery but is this place on the border of the constituency?
Nope, it's well inside the constituency boundary.


This Google maps LINK shows the twin villages.

Coming from West to East, Ballineen PO is more or less where Sky King Chinese is on the map and Enniskean PO is about 25m west of O'Riordan's Pharmacy.

I'd say that Oscar Pistorius could cover the distance between them in less than 5 minutes - and that's without his bouncy legs!
 

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Oh for fvck sake. Inbred idiots.
This is the reality of the situation that Jim Daly is trying to deal with. If you think the Korean Peninsula is a boiling cauldron of tension, just remember what Minister Daly has to cope each day. Perhaps Waterford man John Halligan could be tasked with bringing peace on the matter, that's providing he can get their kids to share a school bus each morning.
One village sends its pupils to Clonakilty and the other goes to Bandon.
 

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This is the reality of the situation that Jim Daly is trying to deal with. If you think the Korean Peninsula is a boiling cauldron of tension, just remember what Minister Daly has to cope each day. Perhaps Waterford man John Halligan could be tasked with bringing peace on the matter, that's providing he can get their kids to share a school bus each morning.
One village sends its pupils to Clonakilty and the other goes to Bandon.
Inbred bullsh1t should not be pacified, especially when taxpayers money is involved.
 

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Inbred bullsh1t should not be pacified, especially when taxpayers money is involved.
Ah for gods sake he is making it up. Granted , it rings true if youve only seen rural ireland through the medium of tv and bad writing.

But for all the intents and purposes that matter in rural ireland ( i.e. GAA . parish boundaries & church) the villages are the same place.

By contrast Castletownkinneigh And Ahiohill out the road is in the same parish also . But have separate GAA Clubs , Diarmuid O'Mathuna's ( the Maw-Maws) and Oliver Plunketts and seperate churches, and hence have their own identity and would not be cubbed with the other two in being thought of as the same place.

But Enniskeane and Ballineens separate existence are accidents of historic place names , land ownership,and rural ribbon development etc.
 

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Ah for gods sake he is making it up. Granted , it rings true if youve only seen rural ireland through the medium of tv and bad writing.

But for all the intents and purposes that matter in rural ireland ( i.e. GAA . parish boundaries & church) the villages are the same place.

By contrast Castletownkinneigh And Ahiohill out the road is in the same parish also . But have separate GAA Clubs , Diarmuid O'Mathuna's ( the Maw-Maws) and Oliver Plunketts and seperate churches, and hence have their own identity and would not be cubbed with the other two in being thought of as the same place.

But Enniskeane and Ballineens separate existence are accidents of historic place names , land ownership,and rural ribbon development etc.
I'm a cuichie myself. It rings true for me unfortunately, and not from the telly. I know the inbred types all too well.
 

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Ah for gods sake he is making it up. Granted , it rings true if youve only seen rural ireland through the medium of tv and bad writing.

But for all the intents and purposes that matter in rural ireland ( i.e. GAA . parish boundaries & church) the villages are the same place.

By contrast Castletownkinneigh And Ahiohill out the road is in the same parish also . But have separate GAA Clubs , Diarmuid O'Mathuna's ( the Maw-Maws) and Oliver Plunketts and seperate churches, and hence have their own identity and would not be cubbed with the other two in being thought of as the same place.

But Enniskeane and Ballineens separate existence are accidents of historic place names , land ownership,and rural ribbon development etc.
You omitted to mention Desertserges (population 170), which, as you know, for some bizzare reason also has its own PO!
 

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Inbred bullsh1t should not be pacified, especially when taxpayers money is involved.
There's a story about a couple from Enniskean who married and spent their honeymoon in Jackson's Hotel in Ballyboffey. On the second day there the happy couple went for a walk towards the bridge over the River Finn. There they spotted a couple from Balineen who were honeymooning in Stranorlar.

The 2 couples spent the next 30 minutes hurling abuse at one another from either side of the river bank. When they got home, both couples said they enjoyed their honeymoon enormously.
 


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