Two Bank of Ireland branches in Westmeath close temporarily

Two Bank of Ireland branches in the north and east of county Westmeath have closed temporarily as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The branches in Castlepollard and Kinnegad were among 101 of the bank’s premises which closed temporarily from today Tuesday.

A majority of the bank’s branches (161), including those in Athlone, Moate and Mullingar, were unaffected by the closures which were announced early on Monday.

External ATM services are continuing to be provided at all branches.

In a statement, the bank said:

"We are making changes to our branch network in the Republic of Ireland (from Tuesday 24th March) to ensure our resources are focused on services most in demand during the coronavirus pandemic. The changes also reflect a reduction in footfall at branches as more people remain at home.

"161 branches nationwide will be open as normal. The majority (148) will provide a full service to customers – including counter services for cash, coin and cheques services. The remainder (13) are Advice and Self Service locations, which do not provide a counter service. While 101 locations will temporarily close during the pandemic, all Bank of Ireland branches will continue to provide ATM services."

On its website the bank has listed branches that remain open.