Disappointment as bank to go ahead with branch closure

Proposals for the closure of the Portadown branch of Bank of Ireland will go ahead, despite pleas to wait until at least after the pandemic.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 11:40 am

Upper Bann MLA John O’Dowd met with bank officials last week over the proposed closure.

The Sinn Fein MLA said: “We once again urged Bank of Ireland management not to proceed with their decision to close until at least the Covid 19 pandemic has passed and a new sense of normality returns.

“While undoubtedly how people use a bank has changed, many still rely on the local branch which also acts as an economic stimulator in the town.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th September 2019 - Picture Matt Mackey / Press Eye. Sinn Fein's annual 'Away Day' meeting will take place in the Carrickdale Hotel, Co. Louth on Wednesday 11th September. The meeting is attended by elected representatives from across the island and will address the issues of Brexit, Irish Unity, Sinn Fein's alternative budget and Dail priorities. John O'Dowd

“However it is clear the decision to close will be implemented and the branch will be lost to the town and its customers.

“While it is hugely disappointing the closure will go ahead, however I welcome the fact no staff will face compulsory redundancy.

“I asked officials about the needs of elderly customers and they stated they will be engaging directly with all their customers and setting out alternative arrangements including the use of the post office.

“I also urged that the building in the town centre is not left vacant and the Bank moves quickly to ensure it is repurposed to allow for alternative use.”



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