18 December 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard


The people of Clones are prepared to fight to keep the Ulster Bank branch in the town.

This was the clear message that went out from a well-attended public meeting that was held in the Creighton Hotel last Wednesday evening. The meeting was organised by Clones Chamber of Commerce following the recent announcement by Ulster Bank that the branches in Clones and Castleblayney were among 24 in the North and the Republic of Ireland that would be closed next year.

Twelve branches are to be shut in the Republic and ten in the North. According to the bank, services at Castleblayney and Clones are to be transferred to the bank’s branch in Monaghan town. The Clones branch will close its doors for the final time on 27th March next year.

Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys   has pledged her support for the Clones branch of Ulster Bank and has called on the bank’s management to reconsider their decision.

The public meeting was organised to draw up what Chamber of Commerce chairperson Finbarr Dunwoody described as “some sort of formal response” to the Ulster Bank’s decision to close the Clones branch.

Those present were urged to individually write letters to the bank’s headquarters expressing their disgust at Ulster Bank’s decision to close the Clones branch.

Suggestions made at the meeting included customers of the Ulster Bank adopting a united stance and agree to move their accounts to one of the bank’s competitors if the Clones branch closed. There was also a proposal put forward to picket the branch in January.

Referring to the recent anti water charge protests, that saw huge numbers of people from across the country protesting …


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