News that the Ulster Bank branch in Granard is to close has come as a huge blow to the north Longford town and wider hinterland.
Ulster Bank informed staff this morning that Granard was one of nine branches around the country set for closure but the Bank is insisting there will be no job losses.
Customers at the Granard branch will be contacted by Ulster Bank to inform them of alternative branch locations and the range of banking services available on their mobiles, online and by telephone.
Ulster Bank revealed it is closing branches in Granard, South Mall in Cork; Pearse Road in Sligo; Clane in Co Kildare and Kimmage & Inchicore in Dublin, along with three sub offices in Clara, Co Offaly, Enfield in Co Meath and Lifford in Co Donegal, due to changing consumer behaviour.
Canice Dunphy of SuperValu in Granard described the announcement of the closure as a huge blow to the community and local business people. “Many people also come into Granard to do their banking and they are shocked by this development.”
IBOA General Secretary Larry Broderick urged Ulster Bank customers to address any queries about this announcement – especially concerns about the level of service under the new arrangements – to Ulster Bank’s Head Office “to the senior executives who have responsibility for these plans, rather than local staff who are trying to come to terms with the announcement, themselves.”
Mr Broderick also expressed concern about the impact of the closures on staff.
“While we note that management anticipates that these closures will not result directly in redundancies and we acknowledge its commitment that whatever provisions emerge from the restructuring negotiations will be available to the staff in these locations, we are, nevertheless, concerned about the impact on the directly affected staff in terms of redeployment as well as the indirect effect on employment for others.”