The Consumer Council is working to ensure consumers affected by bank branches in Northern Ireland are kept informed
By the end of 2017 almost 38% of bank branches available in 2010 in Northern Ireland will have closed.
The Consumer Council has been working to ensure consumers affected by these closures are kept informed through a series of community meetings. Keep an eye on our events programme to see if we are coming to your area.
During 2016 there were eight closures and during 2017 there will be a further 32 closures across NI, from Strabane to Warrenpoint.
- Bank of Ireland Closures
Bank of Ireland closed seven branches in Northern Ireland during 2017.
The branches closed were Antrim, Castlereagh, Draperstown, Belleek, Newtownards, Maghera and Donegall Square South, Belfast
- First Trust Bank Closures
First Trust Bank has plans to close 15 of its branches in Northern Ireland between June and August 2017.
The branches scheduled for closure are Antrim; Andersonstown; Armagh; Banbridge; Cookstown; Crescent Link Derry/ L’Derry, Downpatrick, High Street, Belfast; Knock (upper Newtownards Road); Magherafelt; Newtownards; Ormeau Road, Belfast; Portadown; Strabane and Warrenpoint.
- Ulster Bank Closures
Ulster Bank has plans to close nine of its branches in Northern Ireland during autumn 2017.
The branches scheduled to be closed are Newtownbreda, Antrim Road, Boucher Road, Woodstock Road - all in Belfast –and Monkstown, Co Antrim, Bangor Main Street, Kircubbin, Co Down, Garvagh, Co Londonderry and Millennium Forum, Londonderry.
What should you do if affected by a bank branch closure?
You should contact your bank directly to discuss alternative banking arrangements and to raise any concerns you may have before the bank branch closes.
If the alternative forms of banking do not meet your needs, then you may want to look at switching bank account and/or provider. For more information visit our ‘Comparing and Switching Bank Account’ info.
Financial Services Maps
In collaboration with Ordnance Survey, the Consumer Council has developed a series of maps that highlight the financial services that remain in those areas affected by a branch closure. These include Post Offices, cash machines, credit unions and other banks.
Click on the links below to access the financial services maps for the following areas:
Have you tried our Current Account Comparison Tool?
We always recommend that consumers check that their bank account is working for them and provides the best overall deal and service. The Consumer Council has developed a new current account price comparison table to help consumers compare current account products currently available in Northern Ireland.
To view further banking information and resources click here.