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Campaign to keep bank branch open

PLANNED CLOSURE OF RUSH AIB

JOHN MANNING

Published 25/09/2012 | 14:40

A campaign opposing the closure of the AIB Bank in Rush is gathering momentum.

AS the planned closure of the AIB Bank in Rush looms at the end of October, a determined local campaign has been put together to try and reverse the shock decision.

Rush Chamber of Commerce is bitterly opposed to the closure of the AIB branch which will leave the town without a bank. A determined bunch of volunteers attended a meeting in the Strand Bar recently where a plan of action was devised to try to convince the powers that be in AIB to reverse the decision. It was agreed that a survey on the bank's use and the impact of its closure would be undertaken, the results of which are published in this week's Fingal Independent. Deputy Clare Daly TD (ULA) was at the meeting and pledged her support for the campaign and, according to the chamber, a number of other local public representatives sent their apologies for not being able to attend in person but said they fully supported the campaign. The results of the survey done on the back of that meeting clearly show a strong demand for the bank and its services locally and Mairead Sweetman, chairperson of Rush Chamber of Commerce, said that senior management in AIB will be made aware of the community's strong feelings on the issue. A copy of the survey results is being sent to all local TDs and to AIB management as the campaign ramps up its efforts to reverse the controversial decision. AIB plans to shut the branch in Rush on October 26 as part of a nationwide cost-cutting programme. The departure of AIB would leave Rush with no bank at all.

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