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Monday 20 October 2014

Branch closed for business

LAST MINUTE ATTEMPTS TO SAVE COLLOONEY AIB BANK COME UP SHORT

MICHAEL MORAN

Published 30/10/2012 | 12:48

CAMPAIGNERS had banked on a last minute meeting saving the AIB branch in Collooney-but it closed on Friday.

"It's disappointing and a major loss of infrastructure as far as Collooney is concerned," said 'Save Our Bank' committee Chairman, Thomas Healy.

Members of the group travelled to the head office of AIB to lobby Head of Branch Banking, Denis O'Callaghan, last Wednesday.

Mr. O'Callaghan was handed a petition with more than 2,000 signatures.

"Unfortunately we couldn't get the closure of the bank reversed," Mr. Healy said.

AIB announced its decision to close the Collooney branch in July.

A series of meetings followed in a bid to try to keep the bank open.

However, AIB has said the decision to close and amalgamate branches and sub-offices across the country followed a detailed review of banking services.

The bank says it is regrettable but a necessary step required to help return AIB to viability and to provide a return to the taxpayer.

There are three full-time positions at the bank and AIB says employees will be transferred to other branches.

AIB has an arrangement in place with An Post to ensure that those living and working in Collooney have the option of carrying out banking transactions at their local Post Office, which opens Monday to Friday and for a half day on Saturdays.

Services will also be provided at Post Offices in Ballymote, Ballisodare and Ballygawley.

"These services will be reviewed to see if they are adequate," the comittee Chairman revealed.

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