A significant number of business people, residents, politicians and community activists met in the Percy French Hotel in response to news from the Bank of Ireland, that their branches in Strokestown and Elphin, would not be included in the 104 branches having their cash desk services restored. The announcement angered local businesses and residents, who are concerned that the bank is in danger of being closed altogether.
The meeting was organised by local businessmen; Tom Crosby (Property developer) and Gerry Kennedy (Publican), and was chaired by local launderette owner Danny Compton. Many of those present felt that the reduction of banking facilities last year, has adversely affected their day to day lives. Business owners raised security concerns in relation to cash in transit issues, and residents raised fears of further degradation of services.
The reduced services have affected virtually every business in town, in one way or another, and none for the better.
A committee consisting of those listed above, Paula Fitzpatrick (Secretary of Strokestown Town Team), and Phelim O’Neill (Solicitor) were elected to organise a meeting with the bank and put it to them that services should be restored. It was generally accepted that the committee would fight for the restoration of full services in both the Strokestown and Elphin branches.
The meeting concluded minutes before this publications print deadline and there will be a full report in next weeks edition.
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