Calleary shock at AIB closures

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary has expressed his shock at AIB’s decision to shut down 4 bank branches in Co Mayo.

The bank announced today that it is closing 67 branches nationwide, including those in Belmullet, Ballyhaunis, Kiltimagh and Charlestown.  It comes on the heels of news that Permanent TSB is also closing its branch in Westport.

“This will come as a great shock not just to the staff affected, but also to AIB customers across Co Mayo who prefer to visit their local branch rather than banking online,” said Deputy Calleary.

“My immediate concern is ensuring that the workers at these four branches are given every support possible as they seek redeployment within AIB, or consider opportunities elsewhere. The branch closures are part of an ‘aggressive’ cost cutting plan by AIB, which includes at least 2,500 job cuts by 2014.  The Government must play a strong role in guaranteeing that those who lose their jobs at the State-owned bank are offered re-training and other supports to allow them remain in the workplace.

“Local bank branches are a pivotal part of so many communities here in Mayo and across the country.  While I recognise that there is a growing trend of online banking, customer service must remain a top priority for banks. Many of AIB’s customers here are simply not in a position to use internet banking or to travel to branches elsewhere.  Accessibility for business and personal customers is crucial and AIB management must recognise this.”