Wednesday 18 October 2017

AIB forced to correct media over Anglo error

Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

ALLIED Irish Banks has been forced to correct mistakes being made by international media confusing AIB with scandal-hit Anglo.

Foreign press have at times abbreviated Anglo Irish Bank to AIB, unaware that they were inadvertently mixing up the two banks.

The 'Irish Independent's' exclusive story has now been picked up by media organsiations in nations across the world.

An AIB spokeswoman said the issue had predated the latest Anglo Tapes stories, but confirmed there had been an increase in errors this past week.

"AIB is aware of mistakes being made with regard to confusing Anglo Irish Bank with AIB," she said.

"It is monitoring and correcting such mistakes on a constant basis."

She said the vast bulk of the errors were being made by media organisations, and that they were actively contacting them to correct the story.

The confusion predates the current Anglo Tapes scandal.

The Guardian newspaper had to correct a piece from last August about a UK golf course formerly linked to the Quinn family, when it referred to Anglo as AIB.

And it's not just in banking that this can happen.

The Defence Forces has at times been abbreviated as IDF for Irish Defence Forces.

IDF is actually the acronym for the Israeli Defence Forces.

Irish Independent

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