Residents in Ballymote to meet with Bank of Ireland this morning

A meeting organised by Sinn Fein is to take place this morning with a representative of Bank of Ireland to discuss plans for the future operation of the bank’s branch in Ballymote, Co Sligo.

The bank is planning to introduce what it calls an ‘advice and self-service model’ that will replace the traditional over-the-counter service.

The move was announced for a number of branches earlier this year including the one in Ballymote as well as the branches in Bundoran and Manorhamilton.

The bank says only 3% of total transactions are now done over the counter.

Sligo Sinn Fein Councillor Thomas Healy says in light of other bank closures in recent years, a special case to retain a five-day over the counter service is warranted: