MP’s Call for No Cuts To Ulster Bank Branches in Down
Ritchie Concerned at Possible Ardglass Branch Closure
SOUTH Down MP Margaret Ritchie has criticised Ulster Bank for double standards after it was reported that a branch in Ardglass is earmarked for closure. She said that this comes despite assurances from the bank that it would not close a branch where no other banking institution existed.
Ms Ritchie said: “There has been considerable discussion about the role and intentions of Ulster Bank in the provisions of services to customers over the last number of months.
“Now, it seems that Ulster Bank may have broken their own undertakings in the case of our local fishing port, Ardglass. The branch located in Ardglass in Bath Street has been earmarked for closure. There is no other banking institution in that fishing village offering full services. It is important that this service is retained in Ardglass to accommodate the banking needs of people in the area.
“Ulster Bank must be consistent in applying their policies and given the delicate nature of customer confidence in the banking sector they must give customers every assurance. This debacle raises the question of whether the Royal Bank of Scotland is acting in the real interests of customers or simply preparing for withdrawal from Ireland.”
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