‘Ulster Bank must protect local banking services’ – Bradley

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Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

SDLP MLA Sinead Bradly has said that rural communities were being abandoned.

She was speaking after Ulster Bank announced that they will close 11 branches across the North, leading to 40 job losses.



Speaking to Newry Times, she said, “I am deeply disappointed that Ulster Bank will close so many branches across the North.

“While I acknowledge the digital advancements and what that means for the way we bank, there are still many people who need to visit their local branch on a daily basis.

“Particularly in rural areas such as Rathfriland in my own constituency, local people will be upset and angry at this announcement.



“Rural areas should be seeing more services delivered locally not less. This is another hit on the rural community, we are being abandoned.

“I’ve sought an urgent meeting with Ulster Bank and will visit my local branch to speak with managers.”

Bradley added, “The priority must be to protect staff and local services.”



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