FSU call on Ulster Bank to reverse their decision to close Lisnaskea branch at meeting with Fermanagh and Omagh District Councilors

06 February 2024

Keep local banking services in Lisnaskea says FSU.

John O’Connell, General Secretary of the Financial Services Union, (FSU) has called on Ulster Bank to listen to the concerns the local community and local politicians and reverse its decision to close its branch in LisnasKea.

Speaking at a meeting with Fermanagh and Omagh District Councilors on Monday night Mr. O’ Connell said:

“ The Financial Services Union has deep concerns about the announcement by Ulster Bank to close its branch in LisnasKea.

LisnasKea is the second biggest town in Fermanagh and the proposal by Ulster Bank to close its branch will leave the town without any local bank.

The Post Office is a valuable component of the banking system but is not a replacement for a traditional bank branch.  A Bank is more than a place where you access cash. Closing the branch will have a direct effect on lending to local businesses, will cause enormous stress and anxiety to vulnerable people and will result in less activity in the town centre.

The FSU have written today to Ulster Bank calling on them to pause the closure of the LisnasKea branch until a full assessment is undertaken with direct consultation taking place with the local community.

Banks have an important societal role and need to positively react to the concerns of local communities and business.

Banking Hubs and Post Offices cannot provide the financial advice and support that is available in a local bank branch and banking online is not an option for everyone. We need a hybrid model of banking where in person banking and online banking are available options for all.”