Saturday 18 January 2020

Bank of Ireland pulls 'ludicrous' Twitter ad after furious backlash

Orla in Bank of Ireland ad
Orla in Bank of Ireland ad
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Bank of Ireland has come under fire for promoting questionable financial advice online.

The tweet, which has since been removed, read: "Orla and her boyfriend stopped renting and moved back with their parents to save the deposit for the 1st home."

The tweet linked readers to a blog post on the company's website.

The blog post detailed how Orla and her boyfriend moved back home with their parents in order to save for a mortgage on a house.

A note at the bottom of the article confirmed that the couple eventually bought and moved into a house in Swords, County Dublin.

The post and accompanying tweet were not well received online.

Bank of Ireland's financial advice comes at a time when rental costs have hit a new high, for the fifth quarter in a row.

According to a recent report from Daft, rents have risen nationwide by almost 12 percent in the year to June 2017, while the supply of accommodation is at an all-time low.

The average monthly rent is now €1,159. This is up to €122 a month since last year.

Furious Twitter users slammed the bank for trivialising the rent crisis.

RTE's Louise McSharry wrote, "Ludicrous to see banks promoting this as a strategy," while the Irish Independent's Colette Browne said, "Tough luck millenials, the only way to get a mortgage with @bankofireland is to move back in with your parents."

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