Cash­ing Out

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

July 2009

RATH­DRUM businesses are threat­en­ing to with­draw all their money and close their ac­counts in the Bank of Ire­land un­less it re­verses a de­ci­sion to shut down its only ATM in the town.

Mem­bers of Rath­drum Business and Part­ner­ship are seek­ing an ur­gent meet­ing with BOI fol­low­ing the shock week­end clo­sure of the ATM as part of strin­gent new se­cu­rity mea­sures in the wake of a bank raid in Graigue­na­managh.

Over the past two week­ends, peo­ple try­ing to with­draw their cash at the ATM found it had been shut down and now have to travel to Wick­low or Ark­low to ac­cess money out of hours.

‘The Bank of Ire­land seem obliv­i­ous to the fact that they are help­ing to kill business here in Rath­drum,’ says Bill Porter, owner of Avon­dale Sport and Leisure.

A state­ment re­leased by the bank said the de­ci­sion had been taken due to se­cu­rity con­cerns over a small por­tion of its branch ATMs out­side nor­mal open­ing hours.

We have taken this de­ci­sion in order to pro­tect our branches in high risk lo­ca­tions from physical at­tack. We apol­o­gise for this tem­po­rary in­con­ve­nience to our cus­tomers,’ they said in the state­ment.

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