DANSKE Bank has announced the closure of four branches including Ballycastle and Kilrea.
Other branches to shut, on December 4, are Comber and Strabane.
Commenting on the announcement, Aisling Press, Danske Bank’s Managing Director of Personal Banking, said: “As a business, we must respond to these changes. This can mean reviewing, and adapting, our investment strategies – sometimes it will include investing more in key branches.
“Through transformational upgrades, we have invested over £3 million in 15 branches across Northern Ireland over the past three years – such as our recent upgrades of our branches in Bangor at Bloomfield Shopping Centre, Enniskillen, Newry, Coleraine and Foyle.
“Other times, it unfortunately means taking difficult decisions to close certain branches that are being used less – we do not take these decisions lightly.
“I have written to the affected customers to assure them that we remain committed to continuing to meet their banking needs, and to inform them about the many different ways to bank with us.
“Over the coming weeks, customers will also find additional support in the branches and through our contact centre. Our ‘Step by Step’ guide, with help on how to use other ways of banking, will be available in branch, or can be posted out after a phone call.
“If any of our customers are concerned, I would encourage them to please speak with us – we will do everything we can to help them.”
Responding to news that Danske Bank are closing their branch in Ballycastle, North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan said: “This will be a blow to the local town of Ballycastle and the rural community from outside the town who use this branch.
“Bank branches provide a key service in many local communities for both small businesses and personal banking customers.
“The loss of this branch will be particularly keenly felt in rural areas with people having to travel longer distances now to access a bank. Lots of people, particularly the elderly, prefer to uses the service of a physical bank as opposed to online services.
“The news will also come as a blow to bank staff who will be facing an uncertain future following this announcement.”
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