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Monaghan postmaster says Bank of Ireland services won’t be enough to safeguard network’s future

Mar 2, 2021 12:03 By News Northern Sound
Monaghan postmaster says Bank of Ireland services won’t be enough to safeguard network’s future Monaghan postmaster says Bank of Ireland services won’t be enough to safeguard network’s future
Bank of Ireland branches in Arva, Cootehill and Kingscourt will close, along with those in Castleblayney and Clones.
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A local Postmaster has welcomed news Bank of Ireland services will be offered through Post Offices but it doesn't go far enough. Ciaran McEntee

A local Postmaster has welcomed news Bank of Ireland services will be offered through Post Offices but it doesn't go far enough.

Ciaran McEntee says the Government needs to do more to provide public services through the network over fears of the viability of rural post offices in particular.

88 Bank of Ireland branches are to close later this year, with services instead offered through post offices.

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Locally, Arva, Cootehill and Kingscourt are to close, along with Castleblayney and Clones.

Castleblayney is the only one of those that will continue to have any bank branch once Bank of Ireland closes. All others will be without a bank.

The Cootehill Chamber of Commerce has hit out at the decision, describing it as a "blow to the face" as the town has gone from three banks to none over the last eight years.

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It says it will now throw its weight behind the local Credit Union and lobby for an expansion of services it provides "to cater for the wider business community".

Postmaster in Threemilehouse in County Monaghan Ciaran McEntee says while the offering of Bank of Ireland services through the post office network is welcome, it isn't enough to secure the future of the network:

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