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More Ulster Bank branches to open this weekend

The bank will open further high street outlets as customers continue to face problems accessing their money.

Ulster Bank CEO Jim Brown leaving the Oireachtas yesterday after facing questions from TDs
Ulster Bank CEO Jim Brown leaving the Oireachtas yesterday after facing questions from TDs
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

CHAOS-HIT ULSTER BANK will this weekend open more of its branches as it struggles to deal with a backlog of customer payments.

Some 36 of the bank’s high street outlets in the Republic of Ireland will be open tomorrow. The bank has opened two further branches over the 34 that were open last Saturday.

On Sunday morning, 12 branches will open in major towns around the country.

The news comes after Ulster Bank CEO Jim Brown bowed to pressure and said he would not take a bonus this year, just hours after he had repeatedly refused to discuss giving up the payment in the face of questioning from TDs and Senators.

All bill payments made in branches after June 20 have not been processed, after a software glitch hit on June 19.

The bank has told customers that they can use their credit cards to withdraw money from ATMs without incurring cash advance fees – but only if the money is paid back within a month.

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