Some time ago, Bank of Ireland closed its doors in Millstreet and now it’s the turn of A.I.B. They are not closing their doors but from October next they will only function as an office where you can discuss investments, open an account or take out a loan. The A.I.B. in Millstreet will be cashless, no A.T.M. inside the building or outside, no cash transactions whatsoever. The bank with no cash; it’s like the pub with no beer. We have been told that our nearest A.I.B. with cash is Macroom, twelve miles away. The local Post Office will take over some limited number of transactions.
Seeing that the Irish Government is the majority shareholder in A.I.B., one wonders what is the State’s policy in relation to rural Ireland. This would seem to be another step on the road to making rural living untenable for those with no means of transport and those who are not internet savvy. What’s next?
Noel Buckley, Chairman, Millstreet Community Council