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Doherty seeks urgent meeting with Ulster Bank to discuss Gortin closure plan

Published: 21 November, 2014

Ulster Banks Gortin Branch which is earmarked for closure

Ulster Banks Gortin Branch which is earmarked for closure

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has criticized the decision by Ulster Bank to close their branch in Gortin in February 2015. Gortin is one of 10 branches across the north chosen for closure. According to Mr Doherty "The Gortin branch serves one of the most deprived and isolated areas of the north. It is relied on by the farming and wider rural community for important financial transactions including Single Farm Payments and other aspects of the rural economy. "It is a blow to the area as another important basic service is lined up to be stripped from the community. The Ulster Bank press statement makes the point that alternative banking options is possible but this is very challenging in an area that has sporadic broadband coverage and little or no mobile phone coverage. "This decision must be resisted and I have contacted the management of Ulster Bank to request an urgent meeting. At a time when government departments and other agencies are being pressed to rural proof their strategies and policies, Ulster Banks decision flies in the face of recognising exceptional needs in rural areas".