THE AIB says it is ' hopeful' of retaining ATM facilities after it closes its branch in Rush at the end of this month but the facility may still have to find another location if the building is successfully sold by the bank.
Fine Gael TD, Alan Farrell has been in correspondence with the bank and said he is ' hopeful that the the 24-hour ATM facility in Rush will be retained'. He said: 'Rush residents are concerned about the future of the 24 hour ATM service on Rush Main Street following the planned closure of the AIB Branch.
'I would like to inform residents that following numerous talks with AIB management and several representations to my office including my clinic at Rush Community Centre, I remain very hopeful that the town will retain its ATM.' But that commitment from the bank is qualified as Regional Director of AIB Dublin North and West, Fergus Hopper explained: 'I am extremely hopeful that, subject to satisfactory security arrangements, the ATM facility will be retained at its present location, pending finalisation of more suitable permanent ATM facilities in the Rush Community and/or the sale of the Bank premises.' He said that the bank are fully aware of the need to retain customer services in all locations through alternative banking facilities online and through the local An Post office.
Deputy Farrell said: 'It would be a shame for Rush to lose the only ATM that is available to the public 24 hours a day, and also for neighbouring Lusk which relies on this as its closest on-street automated cash facility. 'AIB are remaining cautious about making an announcement until they complete negotiations to ensure that proper security maintenance can be achieved. 'I believe a 24 hour access ATM machine is an essential requirement for the town and I will continue to represent Rush to both the management of AIB and any related agencies that are involved in this process.' A local campaign headed by Rush Chamber of Commerce aimed at saving the bank sees the retention of the ATM as important but wants to see all the services at the branch retained and for the town's only bank to remain open.