A Mayo Senator has welcomed the decision by Bank of Ireland to reverse the decision to make several branches completely cashless.

Bank of Ireland confirmed to Midwest News today that by the end of 2018, it will offer a full counter service at 164 branches spread across every county in Ireland. This includes some branches in County Mayo.

This is happening on a phased basis and some branches have already implemented it. Full details of the branches that will have the service restored have not been confirmed by the bank as of yet.

At present Ballinrobe, Ballyhaunis, Charlestown and Kiltimagh have no cash desk facilities, while in Belmullet, Claremorris and Swinford the cash counter only operates for two and a half hours in the morning.

In July Erris based Fine Gael Councillor Gerry Coyle confirmed to Midwest News that the cash counters at the Bank of Ireland branches in Belmullet and Westport will remain open all day from September.

Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh, who is a member of the Oireachtas Finance Committee, says the decision by Bank of Ireland has not materialised out of nothing and has called on other banks who have curtailed branch services to take note of this row back by Bank of Ireland and respect their customers.

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