Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said AIB should ‘reconsider’ its plans to turn 70 of its branches – including in Wicklow – cashless.
AIB previously announced this week it would be removing cash facilities at the stated branches due to what it said was a decline for this service by customers.
Two Wicklow branches, in Greystones and Wicklow Town, are listed to become cashless. AIB Blessington is already cashless.
The bank said it would be expanding its partnership with An Post in a move that will see customers being able to access more extensive cash and cheque services in 920 post offices.
Speaking about AIB’s plans, Mr Martin said: “There are a significant cohort of people who need this facility and I believe AIB and the banks should take notice of this.”
“AIB should reconsider and reflect on this and consider the people that have been loyal down through the years, particularly the more senior generations,” the Taoiseach added.
“How customers want to bank with us is undergoing a huge transition as digital usage is soaring,” said AIB’s Managing Director of Retail Banking, Jim O’Keeffe.
“At AIB we are responding to that digital transition, maintaining the largest branch presence across Ireland and providing alternatives for customers to access cash and payments in their communities.”