AIB Bank say they are working hard to restore full service to their Dundalk branch in light of the ATM raid that occurred overnight, where machines at both the AIB and the nearby Ulster Bank were stolen before being recovered by PSNI officers in south Armagh.
Considerable damage was done to both premises and it is anticipated that it may be a lengthy period of time before both ATM units are fully operational again on Clanbrassil Street. While both machines were discovered intact onboard a trailer in the Mullabawn area, just over the border, there is no timeframe for when the on-street ATMS will be available for public use again.
In a statement issued to LouthNow.ie, a spokesperson for Allied Irish Bank said, “AIB is assisting Gardai in their investigations relating to an incident at our Dundalk branch. We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience. We are working hard to restore full service to our Dundalk branch for our customers as soon as possible. In the meantime customers can avail of our nationwide ATM network, our mobile app and online services.”
LouthNow.ie have reached out to Ulster Bank for comment.
The banks will both hope the re-installation of the ATMs will be straightforward given the issues that have led to a lengthy delay in getting the machine at the Ulster Bank in Ardee back online after a raid there days before Christmas last year. Over three months later, that machine is still not working again. Significant structural damage was caused to the Ardee branch during the raid and such is the building’s listed status, planning restrictions mean that the contractors working on behalf of the bank can only complete the works in daylight hours.
Both the Ulster Bank and AIB buildings on Clanbrassil Street in Dundalk are listed on the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. In Ardee, Ulster Bank also made the decision to only carry out works to Saturdays to minimise further disruption to the branch customers.