Save Bank of Ireland Strabane

Save Bank of Ireland Strabane

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Daniel McCrossan started this petition to Bank of Ireland Ltd.

Save Bank of Ireland Strabane

Following confirmation that the Bank of Ireland in Strabane has been earmarked for closure, SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan says he is hugely disappointed with this decision and believes banks need to be stopped from abandoning communities.

Mr McCrossan commented:

“Late in 2020 I wrote to the head of the Bank of Ireland urging them to not close any branch in West Tyrone and especially the Strabane area.

“I put the case forward that our community has supported the bank for decades and that moving to digital banking would not be an option for many in the area.

“It is therefore hugely disappointing that we learn today that the Bank of Ireland has earmarked its Strabane branch for closure. This is a bitter blow for the many dedicated staff in the branch and for the customers.

“Banks have gotten away with abandoning communities for far too long. While I appreciate people have moved to online banking, a physical presence in the town is needed for customers who can’t get online and for business customers who need to lodge daily takings. Instead, we are now left with the prospect of having yet another vacant building in Strabane town centre.

“I have again written to the Bank of Ireland urging them to reconsider this decision and to ensure that staff are looked after. This decision has only put added stress and anxiety on dedicated staff who have served the bank for years.”

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