Updated: 01/08/17 : 10:01:05
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Ballymote faces loss of all traditional banks

The busy market town of Ballymote looks set now to lose all its traditional banking services.

The closure of AIB saw just two banks left to service the town.

The announcement earlier this year that the Ulster Bank branch will be closing this September came as a shock.

It has been mooted this week that a mobile unit to provide a limited service is to be introduced however no timings or days of operation have as yet, been clarified.

There is further disbelief in the town this morning that Bank of Ireland on Lord Edward Street is to cease all its counter service to be replaced by an automated service only.

The bank has stated that just 3% of all transactions are now 'over the counter' although this figure is disputed by some local businesses.

A meeting between bank representatives and concerned residents supported by Sinn Féin councillors Chris MacManus and Thomas Healy is scheduled to take place this morning to discuss the ‘advice and self-service model’ being introduced.

Ballymote Post Office currently processes AIB deposits.