Two Danske Bank branches to close

Published Friday, 15 August 2014
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Danske Bank has announced that it is set to close two Co Londonderry branches later this year although the bank has confirmed there will be no job losses.

Two Danske Bank branches to close
Danske Bank branches in Maghera and Dungiven are to close later this year. (© Pacemaker)

Branches in Dungiven and Maghera will close and will merge with the bank's Limavady and Magherafelt branches respectively.

The branches will merge on 15 November 2014 and staff will be relocated to other roles within the bank.

Tony Wilcox, Danske Bank's Managing Director of Personal Banking, pointed to an increase in digital banking methods as the reason for the closures.

"Consumer behaviour in an increasingly digital world is changing the face of traditional banking. Customers now visit branches less frequently and many are using other convenient ways to bank," he said.

"To keep pace with these changes, we continue to increase our investment in alternative banking channels such as telephone banking, online banking and mobile banking.

"I fully understand that this news may be disappointing for our customers, but I can assure them that Danske Bank remains committed to continuing to meet their banking needs.

"I have written to all of our Dungiven and Maghera branch customers to assure them of this commitment.

"Our 'real time' banking between branches means that our customers can use any branch of Danske Bank in Northern Ireland as their own. They will be made welcome wherever, and however, they wish to use our branch network".

Customers have been informed that their existing sort codes and account numbers will not change.

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5 Comments
me in here wrote (68 days ago):
The less banks around that suck the economic life out of society the better.
ks in over here behind the door wrote (69 days ago):
Oh brilliant, blame the super council for a decision made by a private company. Will the residents of these two towns now boycott German goods..,, lol
sean in Dungiven wrote (70 days ago):
Shame. on the so called super council.
Rhonda in Belfast wrote (71 days ago):
UTV may leave this story running as the bank does not want branches or private accounts.This will not be the last run of branch closures when the poor staff get to play the floating game until they sick of it and leave
whataplacewelivein in limavady wrote (71 days ago):
another big blow to Dungiven. it is the fastest deteriorating small town in Northern Ireland. soon it will become a ghost town. shame on all politicians and investment bodies closing your eyes on a major problem in the local limavady council area. Super Council will complete the task by denying Dungiven of sports upgrading facilities which they have stalled at present loosing 2.5million pounds of grand monies. Despicable all round
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