16 January 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

THE campaign to keep the Ulster Bank branch in Clones open shows no sign of slowing down.

Following on from a candle-lit vigil outside the bank on Wednesday last, 7th January, which saw 143 candles lit to represent each year the bank had been in Clones, as The Northern Standard was going to print yesterday, Wednesday evening, a meeting between Clones Chamber of Commerce and Ulster Bank management was taking place. It had been arranged by Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys.

Chamber representatives vowed at a second well-attended public meeting in relation to the closure of the bank branch which took place in the Creighton Hotel following the candle-lit vigil to raise a number of issues with the bank’s management when they met. The Chamber members also pledged to deliver petitions that had been signed by people against the branch closure to the bank’s representatives and also to invite them to meet with the Clones public.

Speaking on behalf of Clones Chamber of Commerce at last Wednesday’s meeting Patrick McCarville outlined what had happened since the first public meeting which took place before Christmas.   A letter had been sent to the financial services regulator Central Bank of Ireland asking for assistance with the issue. A response had been received from the regulator stating that it could not get involved in the ‘commercial decisions of banks to withdraw or reorganise the services it provides to customers in the Irish market.’

Mr McCarville also spoke about what the closure of the Ulster Bank branch would …



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