A Sligo-Leitrim TD says further moves towards cashless banking must be opposed.

It's after a major backlash forced AIB to reverse its decision to turn 70 branches into cashless outlets.

The government said it hadn't been told of the bank's plans.

Deputy Marc McSharry says he isn't surprised:

Meanwhile, a Roscommon Galway TD says if financial services are taken out of provincial towns it will be the 'death knell' of many of those towns.

Deputy Denis Naughton says AIB's u-turn on turning some branches cashless is welcome, but a new bank's needed to give people a choice.