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Deputy O'Cuiv Calls on Minister Ring to Talk to Bank of Ireland about Cutting Back Services in Some Branches

Bank of Ireland has withdrawn a number key services from today (Wed) at its branches in Headford and in Ballinrobe.

The bank will no longer carry out normal cash transactions, and the range of services provided, similar to what’s happening at up to 40 branches nationwide are curtailed.

Galway West Fianna Fail deputy Eamon Ó Cuív  told Midwest News today that the scaling back of services in these rural branches is extremely disappointing and is a source of frustration particularly among business people and farmers.

 Restrictive limits are now in place on withdrawals of cash at both branches and according to deputy O’Cuiv  this will result in people having to travel to Castlebar or Tuam to undertake basic banking transactions.

“Farmers regularly expect to withdraw sums greater than their ATM limits on mart days, but as a result of the bank’s downgrading, they will no longer be able to do this.  Similarly, lodgements are now being capped at €3,000, which will pose major problems for businesses in these areas.

Deputy O’Cuiv is calling on the Minister for Rural Affairs Michael Ring to talk to the Bank of Ireland. He says, while he understands the Bank is a private company, the impact of its decision on rural areas will be significant.

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