Feighan to raise local bank closures with Finance Minister
Minister for State and local TD Frank Feighan has expressed his deep disappointment of the decision of Bank of Ireland to close several their branches in Sligo, Leitrim and South Donegal. Branches earmarked for closure include; Drumshanbo and Manorhamilton, Bundoran also Tubbercurry and Ballymote in Co Sligo.
It is difficult to understand the rationale behind some of the decisions particularly closing their two in the South Sligo area and the closure of Manorhamilton in the second largest town in Leitrim and again the closure of Bundoran which leaves people in that hinterland without Bank of Ireland services. “I am concerned that many SMEs and retail business in vast parts of my constituency will now not have personal relationships with their local bank which is worrying. I will speak personally to Minister Paschal Donohoe this week in Leinster House to outline the concerns of the many people who have contacted me throughout the constituency. I will seek some more information from the Minister on how it is proposed the Post Office network will administer the service on behalf of Bank of Ireland and I will also seek assurances that local Credit Unions will be encouraged and supported by the Central Bank to roll out more over the counter services for people especially in rural areas”, concluded Minister Feighan.