Calls for reopening of Bank of Ireland’s Wicklow branches to be fast-tracked
A Wicklow TD has called for the opening of local Bank of Ireland branches that were temporarily closed due to the pandemic to be brought forward.
Deputy John Brady welcomed recent confirmation from the bank that it is to reopen its branches in Rathdrum (pictured), Tinahely and Carnew on June 29.
But the Sinn Féin TD added: “As restrictions are eased and the economy starts to reopen these branches must now reopen as soon as possible. I have again contacted the CEO [of Bank of Ireland] and asked that the reopening date would be brought forward. The continued closure is starting to impact negatively on businesses that have reopened, they can’t lodge money in the branches and the external ATM only provides an external cash withdrawal service.”
Deputy Brady (pictured below) said it was “a bad decision” to close the branches in Carnew, Tinahely and Rathdrum, which has “impacted on rural areas that unfortunately seem to be the first when it comes to cuts to services”.
He added: “There is no logical reason why when all retail outlets are reopening it will take another three weeks for Bank of Ireland to reopen the closed branches. The reopening of them needs to be fast tracked.”