Thursday 21 September 2017

Mary Kenny: A deposit of loyalty

We should embrace change, but I still find solace in traditional banking

Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

Apparently, Irish people are the slowest in Europe to switch banks. Even though "banksters", as they're now called, are often seen as baddies, there's a loyalty to our own bank. This could be a bit like the relationship with the Catholic Church: people rage against the "institution" and the hierarchy, but they often like their own neighbourhood priest and he's the first they turn to when there's a local tragedy.

On banks, I'm with the flock. While I think we must embrace change - the tattoo on my arm reminds me that "To live is to change" - I'd be very reluctant to change banks. There's an element of scepticism to my thinking. I was urged to switch energy suppliers a few years ago - since gas and electricity bills were so eye-watering - and I duly did so. Now the new energy supplier is charging just as much as the old one did - and you wonder if the extra levies for "green taxes" really do go on the environment.

I say that I embrace change, but to be truthful, I still bank like it's 1979. "Get into the 21st century, Mary!" my daughter-in-law reprimands me when she discovers that I don't do internet banking. When I want to put money into the grandchildren's savings accounts, why, I write a cheque. Yes. So quaint.

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