Sinn Féin protest removal of Irish from Bank of Ireland ATMs
Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile and Fra McCann MLA have requested a meeting with Bank of Ireland to discuss their current arrangements, provision and plans for the use of Irish in their banks in the North.
Speaking after a protest which was held at the Bank of Ireland headquarters calling on them to reverse their decision on removing an Irish language option from new ATMs installed in the 26 counties Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile said:
“The removal of the Irish language from Bank of Ireland ATMs in the South a backward step and a denigration of Irish language rights. Today’s protest called on Bank of Ireland to reverse their decision on removing the Irish language option from new ATMs in the South of Ireland.
“The banking sector in Ireland has been extremely poor in facilitating Irish language speakers in the use of the Irish language. It is impossible to get statements, online banking or any customer service in Irish anywhere.
“Bank of Ireland have been unique in making an effort to simply facilitate the Irish language with the provision of ATMs with an Irish option.
“Today myself and Fra McCann MLA handed in letter seeking a meeting with Bank of Ireland management to discuss their current arrangements, provision and plans for such in the North.
“Sinn Fein believes Bank of Ireland and other prominent business institutions should be promoting diversity and multilingualism.
“It is proven that this is advantageous to business broadening out their customer base and enhancing loyalty among those who have the option to do their banking in the language of their choice.”