Pressure mounts on Bank of Ireland to reopen three Wicklow branches
The three Bank of Ireland branches in county Wicklow that closed in March at the onset of the pandemic must reopen, a local TD has said.
In mid-March the branches in Rathdrum (pictured), Tinahely and Carnew were among 101 Bank of Ireland branches that closed as the pandemic hit, and their doors remain closed to their local customers.
However, Wicklow TD John Brady points out that Bank of Ireland another 148 branches have remained open thoughout the lockdown.
The local poll topper said these branches “must now reopen” as the Covid-19 restrictions are eased.
Deputy Carey said: “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. The result is people are having to travel large distances to branches that are open to lodge money. It’s also impacting on people who need to lodge money into their account to pay bills.”
The Sinn Féin TD (pictured below) added: “There is a genuine fear that these temporary closures are being used as a trojan house to close the branches permanently. Many services have been stripped from rural Ireland and Wicklow has been no different. Rural Wicklow has seen Garda stations and Post Offices close and it no secret that Bank of Ireland have been trying to close these branches in Wicklow for many years.
“I have contacted the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bank of Ireland and asked for assurances that these branches will reopen and that will be done swiftly so people and businesses can do their bank safely and locally.”