Ballymote TD says there’s no point in ‘making fools of people’ Ulster Bank branches will close

There are mixed views on the outcome of a meeting with senior officials from Ulster Bank over the closure of three branches in the North West region.

Donegal Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh says that the officials have agreed to meet community groups from Ardara and Raphoe.

However, Sligo Leitrim TD Eamon Scanlon who also attended the meeting in Dublin yesterday came away feeling less hopeful stating managment made it clear there would be no change to their decision

Local TDs secured a meeting with Ulster Bank executives in Dublin yesterday.

It follows the announcement last week that the bank is to close 22 of its branches around the country including Ardara and Raphoe in Donegal and Ballymote in county Sligo.

In a statement following the meeting Joe McHugh said he outlined the anger of people in Ardara and Raphoe over the decision.

Two public meetings held this week in the two towns led to a new committees being set up on the issue.

Minister McHugh says officials have committed to meeting the community groups but he says it’s now important that businesses, community groups and those directly affected support that meeting.

It’s also proposed to close the Ulster Bank branch in Ballymote, Co Sligo, and reduce staff numbers in the Sligo town branch, which currently opens on Saturday mornings for customers.

Fianna Fail Deputy Eamon Scanlon also attended the meeting but came away feeling less hopeful.

Speaking to Ocean FM News he said he was not in anyway confident there will be any change in this decision and that in his opinion based on the meeting the closures will go ahead: