Fine Gael TD and Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin, has said AIB has shown despicable disregard for its customers by announcing it is withdrawing cash services from 70 branches nationwide.
Deputy Griffin, in his capacity as Fine Gael Chief Whip, has called for an emergency meeting of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party on behalf of himself and a number of rural Fine Gael TDs to discuss a response to resolve the matter.
Five of the branches where the changes will take place are in Kerry: Kenmare, Cahersiveen, Dingle, Castleisland and Killorglin.
Deputy Griffin also said any notion that bankers’ pay caps would be lifted should be unequivocally buried and proposed reducing the current pay cap further and increasing tax on AIB bankers’ bonuses in response to AIB’s actions.
Deputy Griffin has also suggested to the Minister for Finance he consider a stiff banking levy on profits of banks who withdraw services responsive to the needs of the rural economy.