BoI move step in the right direction but Govt must move on rural services – Smyth

BOI Niamh– Towns have lost Post Offices, bank branches & Garda stations under FG –

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has welcomed a move by Bank of Ireland to extend its counter services in Bailieborough and Carrickmacross, however she is warning that more action is needed to secure the future of rural towns and villages.

Deputy Smyth explained, “The extension of services at Bank of Ireland branches in Bailieborough and Carrickmacross is a welcome development, however it merely reinstated a service had previously existed and which should never have been removed in the first place.  I’m glad that the bank has realised the importance of these services in local communities – especially to the business community which was extremely inconvenienced when the services were originally scaled back.

“The bank has indicated that it will be extending services in other branches and I hope that other towns across Cavan and Monaghan will benefit.  In addition, I have been liaising with Bank of Ireland with regard to the ATM in Bailieborough, which has been unable to receive lodgements and which has been regularly out of order over the past number of months.

“The move by the bank is an acknowledgement of the need for services in local communities – communities which Fine Gael has left behind.  Over the past seven years we have seen the closure of Post Offices, Garda stations and even small schools, as this government forces through its Dublin focused agenda.  Anywhere outside of the capital and the commuter belt has been left behind.

“Fianna Fáil is working to develop new, innovative proposals to stimulate the regeneration of Ireland’s small towns and villages.  The two-tier recovery and the destruction of rural Ireland cannot be allowed to continue”.

Please find my Parliamentary Question on this issue here: Bank Services PQ