Daly Calls For Government Intervention In Relation To AIB Move

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Deputy Pa Daly.

KERRY Sinn Féin Deputy Pa Daly TD has slammed AIB’s decision to remove cash from 70 branches nationwide, including five in Kerry.

Deputy Daly is calling on Minister Heather Humphreys and Paschal Donohue to intervene and ensure a just transition to a cashless society.

“The decision by AIB to remove all access to cash, cheque, bank draft, foreign exchange and ATM services from 70 branches nationwide is unacceptable,” said Deputy Daly.

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“Pascal Donohue as Minister for Finance and Heather Humphreys as Minister for Community and Rural Development and the Islands must intervene.”

“Dingle, Kenmare, Cahersiveen, Killorglin and Castleisland are affected within Kerry and customers will be expected to travel from Baile na nGall to Tralee and from Ballinskelligs to Killarney.  The latter being a 90-minute journey by car or a day-long event using public transport.”

“The effect on individuals and businesses will be devastating. Post Offices are facing a real challenge with the volume of business they are now expected to handle across personal and business customers within these communities,” he said.

“Public transportation is unavailable and unaffordable for too many.  For those who do drive, having to travel 30,  50 or even 70 kilometres to access basic banking services is also unaffordable and it should be unnecessary.

“People will naturally be inclined to travel with more cash over longer distances and this will put them at risk of theft and worse.   Many are already struggling to navigate a rapidly changing banking sector and this move shows no regard for the elderly, vulnerable or rural customers.

“In 2010, the government of the day asked the Irish people to support its intervention in the financial crisis and bail out the banks at a cost of €67 billion.  This was to save the supposed cornerstones of our towns and villages.  This led to years of austerity measures to enable repayment of these loans.  Twelve years on we are still repaying some of those loans while the banks are making record profits.

“AIB has used the effects of the pandemic to justify this decision stating there is reduced use by customers.  This is a cynical move and it should be reversed.

“I am calling on  to intervene and ensure a just transition to a cashless society.  The elderly, infirm, and those on lower incomes are not ready for this particular withdrawal,” he concluded.

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