Taoiseach Micheál Martin has sought a meeting with AIB bosses after calling on the bank to reconsider its decision to remove cash facilities at 70 branches across the country.

Mr Martin will meet with executives from the bank, which the Government has a majority stake of just over 70pc in, next week, in the wake of their surprise announcement this week.

It is understood Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe may also attend the meeting with the bank.

The banks changing by September 30th include Castlerea in Roscommon and Tubbercurry in Sligo.

The banks changing by October 21st include Ballinrobe and Claremorris in Mayo, Athenry, Ballinasloe, Clifden, Gort, Oranmore, Salthill, Spiddal and The Lab in Galway.

Mayo Deputy Dara Calleary told Midwest News that the move leaves the East and South of the county very empty in terms of cash services, following Bank of Ireland’s previous withdrawal.

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