Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has met with officials from Bank of Ireland to discuss the possible extension of services at the Cootehill and Kingscourt branches.  She organised the meeting following an announcement by the bank that it is roll out full day counter services in Bailieborough and Carrickmacross.

Deputy Smyth explained, “Last month Bank of Ireland confirmed that it would be extending its counter services in Bailieborough and Carrickmacross after recognising the demand and need for these services in communities.  The move is a very welcome development, but the bank needs to go further in ensuring that people in rural parts of Cavan and Monaghan have access to banking services.

“I met with representatives from Bank of Ireland earlier this month to discuss the possibility of extending these services to other branches, most particularly in Cootehill and Kingscourt.  At the moment, there are no counter services, with customers having to use the ‘Advice & Self Service’ model.  While that might suit some customers, others are having to travel to other branches for full counter services.

“The meeting was very productive and I would like to thank Kieran Tuite and his team for taking the time to listen to my concerns.  Unfortunately they were unable to commit to any enhanced services at this point in time but I will continue to liaise with them and emphasise the importance of a full service branch in these towns”.