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Arlene Foster backs protest over closure of Belleek border bank

A five-day protest will be held outside the Bank of Ireland branch earmarked for closure in Belleek
Staff Reporter

ARLENE Foster has given her backing to a five-day protest against the closure of a Bank of Ireland branch in Co Fermanagh.

The DUP assembly member and First Minister is expected at some point to join the protest on Main Street in Belleek, which will run from 10am to 4pm every day this week.

Angry residents decided to mount a picket after a public meeting attended by more than 200 people last week.

The bank’s decision to pull out in July has sparked fury in the border village.

They say it will mean a round trip of 50 miles for customers to go to nearest bank in Enniskillen.

Ms Foster said removal of the branch "would be a strike to the very heart of the community".

“I have spoken to representatives of the Chamber of Commerce in recent days when I recommended a petition and protest in the village.

“I welcome the plan to go ahead with this strategy and I pledge my full commitment behind the campaign.

“Right across the globe we have witnessed the positive impact that people power can have and I trust that a similar result can be achieved in Belleek.”

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