Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has said she is deeply concerned at the announcement of the closure of the Halifax bank branch in Newry.
The Newry and Armagh MLA said:
“It is deeply concerning to hear the announcement today of plans by Halifax to close their Newry branch on 8th November 2022.
“The announcement of this closure comes on the bank of a swathe of branch closures which is eroding the availability of banking services in small towns and rural areas across the north.
“This has devastating impact on older and more vulnerable customers as well as small local businesses who rely on face to face services.
“The future of banking services needs to be designed with community engagement, this was highlighted in the recent report of the Banking Roundtable convened by Finance Minister Conor Murphy.
“Sinn Féin will continue to challenge the rationale for these closures and the loss of services which damaging to the small towns and the communities they serve.”