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An Post: No, we don't scribble out addresses written as Gaeilge

Feidhlim Seoige’s photo of an envelope with a crossed-out address was widely shared on Twitter.

TWO DAYS AGO, Feidhlim Seoige tweeted this picture of a letter addressed to him in Irish.

The address had been crossed out in biro, and replaced with an English-language version.

(For any non-Gaeilgeoirs, the tweet translates along the lines of “Scarlet for An Post, you’re after putting lines through my address in Irish.”)

The photo drew a strong reaction on Twitter, with dozens of retweets. It was also shared on Broadsheet and Her.ie.

So is there an An Post conspiracy against addresses as Gaeilge? Well, they say it wasn’t them.

“None of what is done there would indicate that it was us,” spokesperson Angus Laverty told DailyEdge.ie.

Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

He said the organisation has staff who deal with post addressed in Irish.

Our address databases are both in Irish and English, and we have staff who are adept in the national language. The aim is that mail is handled with exactly the same efficiency. We’re a human organisation, there are times when things don’t happen as we would like. But we aim to treat all mail equally.

Laverty added that where there are any problems with an address, a special sticker would be attached to the envelope in the mail centre indicating the issue. The crossing-out “does indicate that it wasn’t us,” he said.

The plot thickens…

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