AIB to close half its branches in Donegal

AIB today announced plans to close eight of its 16 branches in Donegal, starting in October of this year.

AIB today announced plans to close eight of its 16 branches in Donegal, starting in October of this year.

In a statement released this morning, a bank spokesperson said the AIB’s Milford branch will close in October, with branches in Dunfanaghy, Lifford, Moville, Gweedore, Raphoe, Falcarragh and Bundoran closing in the first half of 2013.

A bank spokesperson said the closures will not result in any compulsory job losses at AIB and staff will be facilitated with employment in other branch locations.

Helen Leonard, press officer with AIB, told the Democrat this morning there will be absolutely no compulsory redundancies. “Staff will be given the opportunity to move to nearby branches,” she said. It is understood that AIB employs more than 70 people in Donegal.

In all, the bank this morning announced the closure nationally of 45 sub-offices and six branch amalgamations from October, and a further 16 branch closures in 2013.

“We didn’t take this decision today until we had robust alternative services in place through An Post and our AIB mobile bank, which is going to service 10 areas in Donegal,” Ms. Leonard said.

From late October, AIB services at local post offices will be expanded to allow AIB customers in affected areas to lodge cheques in designated post offices. AIB will also launch four mobile banks which will cover 31 rural locations across Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Tipperary, Limerick, Kerry and Cork.

The Donegal locations to be serviced by the mobile bank include Milford, Dunfanaghy, Falcarragh, Gweedore, Lifford, Raphoe, Castlefin, Convoy, Glenties and Ardara. The mobile banks will offer services including cash, coin and cheque lodgements, cash withdrawals, bill payment and a foreign exchange order and collection service.