• Consumers spent an estimated €183m in restaurants and pubs in the North West of Ireland last year, according to the AIB Hospitality and Tourism Outlook for 2019.

    According to the Outlook, consumers spent in the region of €96m in restaurants last year, while pubs took in about €87m.

    It is estimated that consumer spending in hotels in the North West was €424m in 2018.

    While domestic spend made up the majority of this figure, at 60%, United Kingdom spend comprised a significant 27%.

    August is the busiest month for restaurants and hotels in the North West, while July is the busiest month for pubs, according to the Outlook.

    At the launch of the Outlook report a cheque for €2,000 was presented to the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation by AIB to support their on-going work with children and families in communities all over Ireland.

  • One and a half thousand jobs are to go at AIB over the next three years.

    It's after the bank published its profits for last year, which are down by 60 per cent - mainly because of the tracker mortgage scandal.

    AIB CEO Colin Hunt insists they've no intention of closing branches, but says the job cuts are necessary....

  • AIB is warning customers to be aware of two phone scams that are currently in circulation.

    The bank says that one type of call claims to be from a law enforcement official asking you to to make payments so they can track criminal activity.

    The other scammer asks for your bank details by claiming to be from a utility company offering to 'fix' your computer or broadband.

    AIB is warning any customers that have received these calls to contact them immediately.


  • A number of listeners to Midwest Radio in the west Roscommon area have today received suspicious phone calls from someone claiming to represent AIB bank.

    It’s likely to be  a vishing scam. Vishing occurs when an individual calls you claiming to be from the Bank, or a company providing a service and request financial and/or personal and security information.

     The term is a combination of ‘voice’ and phishing. It is typically used to steal credit card numbers or other information used in identity theft schemes from individuals.

    A spokesperson for AIB told Midwest News this afternoon that the phone number displayed on the victim’s handset may appear to be a genuine bank phone number but these can be mimicked by criminals.

    The spokesperson is advising customers who suspect  fraudulent activity from any call received, to ask the caller to confirm their authenticity and if still in doubt of the caller’s authenticity, end the call .

    If you feel your bank details have been compromised, you should  call the number on the back of your credit or debit card or alternatively call the official number for the branch on the AIB website.

     Customers can find the AIB security centre at the following link:


  • The IFA says it will be forced to escalate its protest against AIB unless the bank stops selling off certain farmer loans.

    Earlier today a number of farmers held a demonstration outside the banks AGM in Ballsbridge.

    The IFA says it's wrong that AIB has decided to sell off loans to a US fund, instead of entering into long-term arrangements with farmers which would allow them to pay off their debts.