Tuesday 17 October 2017

'I finally thought my money was coming in, but now I have nothing to pay the rent'

Pipe-layer and father-of-four Brendan Greaney has been
waiting since Thursday to access his wages
Pipe-layer and father-of-four Brendan Greaney has been waiting since Thursday to access his wages
Ulster Bank customers Kevin and Emma Betts wait outside the bank's branch on Grafton Street, Dublin, yesterday as the disruption entered its fifth day
Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

KEVIN Fagan had been out of work for a year, but got a job as a sales executive almost a month ago.

He had been living off the remnants of his social welfare payments, but was expecting his salary to land in his bank account on Friday.

It never arrived. With his rent due, his landlord has had to give him an extension to allow him to get the money together.

"The annoying thing was that I was surviving on my last social welfare payment for three weeks and finally I thought my money was coming in -- then for it not to be there is frustrating," Mr Fagan told the Irish Independent.

He was one of a number of customers who attended the Ulster Bank branch on Dublin's Grafton Street yesterday morning, which was one of 20 branches that opened for three hours yesterday.

"I was unemployed for a year and I was due to get my first paycheque on Friday for three-and-a-half weeks of pay. I was really, really frustrated," the 31-year-old from Dublin 8 said.

"Our rent was due to go out on Friday as well, so our landlord has been understandable enough, but he said to have it in by Wednesday.

"They were very helpful in the bank and it's annoying for the staff. I feel bad for them, but I'm out of pocket at the moment."

Brendan Greaney (40), who is living in the Coolock area of Dublin, was also unemployed but got a job as a pipe layer last month. He too was waiting for his wages last week, but he hasn't received them.

"I've been waiting since Thursday. They (branch staff) apologised and said they hoped to have it sorted out this week," Mr Greaney said.

"I have a family with four children and I didn't get paid this Thursday. I'm only back to work about three or four weeks, and money wouldn't be there. What can you do? What can they do (the staff)? It's the system."

Katie Delahunty said she had lodged a cheque last Tuesday which never cleared. But the bank has paid her the funds.

"I just came with the receipt from the lodgment and they gave me the cash. I won't be paid until Thursday and that was my concern. But the advice was that it should be fixed by then. They've been very helpful."

Irish Independent

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