Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary says the closure of the Ballyhaunis branch of Ulster Bank is a serious blow to customers in the east Mayo area.  This latest closure sees bank services in the area seriously reduced, and follows the closure of the AIB branch in 2013.

Dara Calleary commented, “The announcement from Ulster Bank today is extremely disappointing and will seriously impact customers in Ballyhaunis and east Mayo.  It’s particularly frustrating as it comes only a few years after AIB closed its branch in the town.

“I have contacted Ulster Bank today to establish the rationale behind the move and I will be continuing to pursue the issue.  Customers in Ballyhaunis will be forced to travel to other towns to avail of banking services, and the closure is not only a blow for the bank’s own customers, it will have an impact on the town as well.

“Older people will be disproportionately impacted by the decision, as many prefer to go into their branch and deal with people rather than use online banking.  Now they will have to travel further afield to do their day to day banking.

“Once again we see rural towns like Ballyhaunis, Ballymote, Edgeworthstown and Edenderry losing important services at a time when the Government claims to be investing in rural Ireland.  Losses like this make it more difficult for towns like Ballyhaunis to compete against other larger towns in attracting businesses and jobs and this is deeply regrettable”.