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Every Effort must be made to Retain Ulster Bank Branches – Carthy

27 March, 2017 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has called on Ulster Bank to reverse its decision to close a range of branches across the state.

Carthy also called on government representatives to come out of hiding and begin to address the continuing attacks on the services provided to rural Ireland.

Matt Carthy said:

“The decision taken by Ulster Bank to shut another list of branches is deeply disappointing and must be challenged.

“These planned closures will mean that residents and business owners in those towns will no longer have access to banking services locally, or will at minimum experience severe disturbance, should these closures go ahead, and this will obviously have a devastating impact on our local economies.

“While this will be sold as a corporate decision which has been made by a private company, I would strongly urge Ulster Bank to reconsider its decision and to make every effort to keep these branches open for the good of the local communities involved. 

"Only three months ago Sinn Féin questioned Ulster Bank over what plans if any the company had to close further branches, and the bank gave no indication then that further closures were imminent.

“Ulster Bank needs immediately to sit down with the communities involved and discuss the fate of local branches in an effort to retain these vital services.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil were satisfied to burden Irish families with €64billion of private debt in order to bail out the banks, the least they can do now is protect those communities who suffered as a result of that decision.

“For my part I am willing to work with everyone to keep these important services open, and to working with the communities involved to do so.”

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