BoI ‘committed’ to replacing ATM

March 30, 2010

By Brónagh Murphy

The replacement of the ATM at the Bank of Ireland in Crossmaglen is on the agenda to be discussed at an internal meeting of bank officials tomorrow (Tuesday).

The information was revealed by a spokesperson for bank following queries from The Examiner in relation to the resumption of the service in the town.

Julie Sherlock, from the bank’s Corporate Communications Department, confirmed the bank remained committed to replacing the cash machine but cited the extensive damage caused to the building in the raid, along with its standard review of security measures, as defining factors in the lapse of the ATM service.

Meanwhile, Sinn Féin Councillor, Terry Hearty, has called on Bank of Ireland to replace the machine ‘as a matter of urgency’.

Mr Hearty says he voiced his concerns with bank staff after the removal of the construction hoarding on Friday revealed no allocated space for a new ATM.

“I am urging the Bank of Ireland to reinstate the cash machine as a matter of urgency,” Mr Hearty said.

“The people of Crossmaglen are the victims of this crime, which they are not responsible for, and it is not fair that they have to suffer by travelling long distances just to withdraw cash.”

Construction work on the premises has been ongoing since the cash machine was stolen in an early morning raid on January 16th.

Thieves used a digger to rip it from the wall – leaving a gaping hole in their wake – and escaped with the ATM, which contained an undisclosed sum of cash.