Shock as Ulster Bank to close another nine branches

The branches affected are in Holywood, Warrenpoint, Dunmurry, Antrim, Ballymoney, Larne, Comber, Maghera and Clogher

By Claire Cartmill
Thursday, 19th May 2022, 10:01 am
Jim Allister
Jim Allister

Ulster Bank will close another nine branches in Northern Ireland within the next three months as part of the move towards digital banking.

The branches affected are in Holywood, Warrenpoint, Dunmurry, Antrim, Ballymoney, Larne, Comber, Maghera and Clogher.

The news by Ulster Bank comes less than a week after Danske Bank confirmed that it would shut branches in Lurgan, Cookstown, Kilkeel and Fivemiletown on September 16.

North Antrim MLA Jim Allister, stated: “I am disappointed to learn that the Ballymoney branch of Ulster Bank will close at the end of September. This branch has provided an important service to the town for many years and while there is an increasing trend towards online banking there are many, particularly in the elderly population, who feel much more comfortable with the person touch which they receive in a local branch they have used for years.

“The nearest local branch will now be in Coleraine. With elderly folk often having to rely on public transport to get around this will mean that many who have grown used to doing their banking face to face will find it difficult to access a service they are comfortable with. I also obviously have concerns about the impact this will have on Ulster Bank employees.”