Ulster Bank agrees to retain ATM in Croom

Colm Ward

Reporter:

Colm Ward

Finn Broderick at the protest in Croom last Friday
In what has been hailed as a “great result” for the community of Croom, Ulster Bank has agreed to retain an ATM in the village after the local branch closes in March.

In what has been hailed as a “great result” for the community of Croom, Ulster Bank has agreed to retain an ATM in the village after the local branch closes in March.

The move follows a protest in the village last Friday which was attended by almost 200 people.

Croom is one of 14 Ulster Bank branches nationwide set to close as part of a cost-cutting exercise. And there were fears locally that this would lead to the removal of the ATM - the only one in the Co Limerick village.

But local businessmen met with Ulster Bank management this Friday morning and were given an undertaking that the ATM would be retained. It will remain in its current location until the end of this year at least or until a permanent location is found.

Local councillor Richard O’Donoghue, who attended this morning’s meeting, welcomed the undertaking.

Great result. We have just received an undertaking from Ulster Bank to retain ATM services in Croom indefinitely,” he said.

Organisers of last week’s meeting had planned to stage another protest outside the Ulster Branch in Dooradoyle this Friday, but postponed it pending the outcome of their discussions with bank management.