LIMERICK TD, Kieran O’Donnell is to meet with AIB top management next week to discuss their proposed decision by AIB to close its long-standing branch on the Ennis road in Limerick City, from 5th November and to ask that the decision is reversed.
This follows his written request last Tuesday for such a critical meeting after AIB had made this announcement. This branch is located in St. James Court across from the Gaelic grounds on the Ennis road.
“I look forward to this meeting with Mr Brian Nugent, AIB’s Head of Consumer Banking next week to discuss the proposed decision by AIB to close its long-standing branch on the Ennis Road in Limerick City, from 5th November and I will be strongly asking for this decision to be reversed.
“This follows my written request last Tuesday for such a critical meeting after AIB had made this announcement in which I expressed my surprise and severe disappointment with this proposed branch closure on the Ennis road.
“I questioned the reason behind this decision which will have a disproportionate impact on the entire north-side of Limerick city. The activities of this busy branch are being transferred to the city centre main AIB Bank at 106 O’Connell Street, which is 2.6km away from the Ennis road branch.
“Since this announcement, we have been contacted by loyal AIB customers of all ages, living on the northside of Limerick City who are very upset with this proposed Ennis road branch closure. They are requesting that this branch remains open and continue to serve the large AIB customer base in the area.
“At this meeting next week with AIB, I will be raising a number of features that are striking about this proposed branch closure on the Ennis Road here in Limerick:-
(1) This busy long-standing AIB Ennis road branch serves a very large population and geographical area of Limerick City. We will have the stark situation where the whole of the northside of Limerick City and suburbs will have no AIB Branch after this proposed closure on 5th November next.
(2) Whilst there are city and suburbs branch closures in Cork city, these are an average of 1.5km from the branch their activities are being transferred to, whereas the AIB Ennis road branch is 2.6km away from 106 O’Connell branch in the city centre.
(3) The impact on the AIB staff at this branch on the Ennis Road, Limerick
“I will be looking for answers to these questions and at this meeting, I will be asking for AIB not to proceed with this proposed branch closure.” he concluded.