ANGER OVER BANK CLOSURE
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
DANSKE Bank's decision to close down its Warrenpoint branch has been blasted as a "sickeneing snub to the local community".
The Warrenpoint branch of the bank will merge with the Newry branch on May 10, resulting in the closure of the Warrenpoint facility and the removal of the Danske Bank ATM from the seaside town.
While no jobs will be lost in the reshuffle Warrenpoint councillor Connaire McGreevy has warned that the move will "have serious consequences for both general business and for tourism in the area".
“It does not make sense to deprive a thriving town like Warrenpoint of access to such an important source of cash," the SDLP councillor said.
“What the officials in Danske headquarters have done is delivered a hugely damaging blow to the economic fabric of the area.
“The population of the Point increases dramatically from Easter to the end of the summer season.
“The end result is that even with the Danske Bank facility operating at full capacity, along with the other cash dispenser outlets in the town, the fact is that they run out of money on a regular basis.
“Now that the plug has been pulled by Danske Bank it is sending out the message that they don't care about serving the local community."
A spokeswoman for Danske Bank said Warrenpoint customers would still be catered for.
“Our larger branch in Newry is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm on Saturdays, providing greater weekend access and flexibility for customers locally," she said.
“Our customers can also use the Post Office to check the balance on their account, withdraw cash, and lodge cash and cheques."
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