Belleek campaigners accuse bank management of ignoring their petition

The president of Belleek chamber of commerce believes the people of the town have been ignored in their fight to keep the local Bank of Ireland branch open.

Bridie Gormley was speaking following confirmation that the bank’s branch in the border town is to close next month.

The decision comes despite 7,500 people signing a petition opposing the move and a week of daily protests supported by local MLAs and councillors from both Fermanagh and Donegal.

The bank, with hundreds of customers on both sides of the border, is one of eight across the North shutting its doors.

Speaking to Ocean FM Bridie Gormley says hundreds of customers with accounts in Belleek now face a 50 mile return trip to Enniskillen to visit their nearest bank.