North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds and his DUP colleague, Alderman Billy DeCourcy, met with senior managers of Ulster Bank last week to discuss the pending closure of the bank’s Rathcoole branch.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Dodds said: “We reiterated that the decision to close this branch is a major loss to the bank’s customers in Rathcoole and the surrounding areas. This branch has been a vital feature of The Diamond retail area for many decades. Its closure, which will take effect in November, will be particularly felt by senior citizens and by those who do not have access to private transport.”
He continued: “Regrettably Ulster Bank made clear that they will not be reviewing their decision to close the branch. They did give assurances that they are keen to retain the cash withdrawal machine at The Diamond. They also highlighted that Ulster Bank are extending the services available to their customers through all Post Offices. Customers will be able to make deposits and withdrawals and pay bills from their Ulster Bank accounts through all Post Office branches, including the one within the Spar store at The Diamond. This will ensure that a limited banking service remains available in the area.”