Decision to close BOI branches ‘a Cromwellian approach’

Bank of Ireland Mitchelstown on Wednesday afternoon, with a closure notice in the window. The ATM is now boarded up, and the sign painted over. (Picture: Marian Roche)

Three local Bank of Ireland branches shut their doors for the final time last Friday and were amongst 88 branches nationwide to close, a move which will have serious repercussions for many areas, particularly those of a rural nature. 

Locally, both Mitchelstown and Glanmire branches closed in County Cork, while in County Waterford, the Lismore branch also ceased operations.

Former Fianna Fáil TD and local, Ned O’Keeffe, said that as a customer of Bank of Ireland, he was ‘disgusted’ with the decision, and that the closure of the Mitchelstown brank marked a ‘very sad day’.

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