THE manager of the Marshes says any new operator of an ATM in the shopping centre will be getting a “very favourable” deal to set up there.
Harry Traynor says Ulster Bank withdrew their ATM from the shopping centre after what was described as a “business decision” by the bank.
On Wednesday the ATM was removed near to the Ramparts Road entrance, despite having been, anecdotally at least, a busy ATM.
“It doesn’t make sense to me,” says Harry. “We have a high footfall here in the Marshes, and having an ATM here is a important part of our customer service.
“We are now actively seeking potential operators for the ATM. Any potential operator would have to be properly assessed but we will make sure they get a very reasonable deal.
“Unfortunately we have to rely on the banks to provide this service. As you know, not everyone has a credit card and both our patrons and our tenants here rely on the ATM point.”
The Ulsterbank would have had to pay a rent to occupy the space and apparently they withdrew the ATM from the Marshes as the machine was not being used enough.
“We are working pretty hard at the moment to get a new ATM for the space, and I would say that any operator interested should contact me here at the centre and as I said, we will give them a really good deal on the space.”
AIB have announced this week that they will be reintroducing a 20c charge on ATM in what has been heralded as the end of the era of free banking. There has been an increasing trend in banking away from cash transactions and as a result it likely that more ATMs will be withdrawn across the country. “The era of free banking is all but dead, as far as I am aware,” said Dermott Jewell, head of the Consumers’ Association of Ireland.