A public meeting in Manorhamilton last night heard how the erosion of banking services in the town was another attack on rural Ireland.
Last night’s meeting was staged in response to the closure of the Bank of Ireland branch and the decision by AIB to withdraw over the counter services in Manorhamilton.
It’s estimated that up to 40 people attended last night’s meeting which took place in the local community centre.
The meeting heard examples of how no longer having a main ATM machine in Manorhamilton was damaging the local economy.
Surprise was expressed at the decisions taken by AIB and Bank of Ireland considering that there are 1100 jobs in the town which has a population estimated to be somewhere between 1500 and 1600 people.
The lack of such services are also thought to be impacting farmers in the region and those who would regularly use the local livestock mart.
Local business man and independent councillor Felim Gurn says there was huge frustration expressed that a town with a population of in excess of 1500 people can be left without basic financial service: