Councillors blast banks

Councillors blast banks
ARDEE Town Councillors have expressed their anger at the poor quality of service available at Ardee banks.

ARDEE Town Councillors have expressed their anger at the poor quality of service available at Ardee banks.

Cllr Fintan Malone said it is a nightmare at the moment.

“The ATMs are out of action every other weekend,” he said at a town council meeting.

And Cllr Padraig McKenny said the banks are not giving a service and “it is high time the people of Ireland realised that they don’t give a damn”.

“And it seems the Irish Bank Officials union don’t care about their staff either.”

“The banks don’t care about the public and yet we bailed them out. And it’s time the people of Ireland realised this.”

“Every town councillor should write to the banks decrying the poor service on offer.

“The Banks do not support the local community in any shape or form.”

Cllr Michael Farrelly said he knew of one person who couldn’t get adequate service from a local bank and had moved his business from Ardee to Carrick.

“If banks cannot provide adequate service then people will not come into the town and do business,” he said.

Cllr Pearse McGeough said banks were reducing staff levels in the interest of profit. “They are installing machines to reduce staffing levels,” he said.

Councillors were critical of Bank of Ireland, AIB, and Ulster Bank, but their main criticism was directed at Bank of Ireland and it was decided to write a letter of protest to the local branch and Bank of Ireland headquarters.