Bank closures a blow to elderly
Over the next 18 months or so AIB, EBS, Ulster Bank, Permanent TSB and National Irish Bank will close about 200 of their branches around the country, leaving some of the most prominent -- and finest -- buildings in many towns in want of new owners or tenants.
Among the main casualties will be large numbers of staff. They will attract much public sympathy, since they are not responsible for the closures -- any more than they were responsible for the collapse of the banking system.
But the towns will feel much wider effects.