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Months after losing Bank of Ireland branch, Laois town secures new ATM


The town of Durrow is set to get a brand new ATM – a few months after it lost its Bank of Ireland branch.

In September 2021, Bank of Ireland announced the closure of branches around the country – with Durrow one of these.

However, Minister for State at the Department of Finance, Sean Fleming, has confirmed that St Canice’s Credit Union will step up to replace it.

Deputy Fleming said: “This is great news and I want to thank the Credit Union for this important initiative, not only for their own members but it will also benefit everybody in Durrow and the surrounding areas and all people who require an ATM service while in Durrow.

“In the meantime, the existing Bank of Ireland ATM will continue in operation until the Credit Union ATM is in place.

“The Credit Union is now applying immediately for planning permission for this new ATM.

“Last September Bank of Ireland closed a number of their branches throughout the country.

“This resulted in four towns being left with no ATM service. Durrow was one of these four towns.

“I immediately contacted Bank of Ireland about maintaining an ATM service in the town. Separately I met with the senior management in St. Canice’s Credit Union and asked them to provide ATM facilities in Durrow, which they have agreed to do.

“This positive response from the Credit Union is acknowledged and appreciated.

“Bank of Ireland has also agreed to maintain their current ATM service in Durrow until such time as the Credit Union ATM is operational.

“This is important news for everyone in the area and I am pleased with this good outcome.

“Finally, I urge all people to use their local Credit Union. I encourage people who are not members to join their local Credit Union as they provide excellent community based services and are the most trusted brand name in Ireland.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.