We need to have a national conversation around the future of banking services, particularly for rural areas. That’s the view of Mayo Senator Lisa Chambers.
The Fianna Fail Senator says she is deeply disappointed at the decision by Bank of Ireland to close 88 branches across the country, by September next.
The Bank’s decision to close the three branches in Mayo is a blow for communities in Ballyhaunis, Charlestown and Kiltimagh and she argues that older people will be disproportionately impacted by these developments.
The decision by Ulster Bank, just last week, to withdraw from the Irish market further compounds problems for rural businesses and bank customers.
Senator Chambers has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O'Malley...