St Canice’s Credit Union says that the closure of its High Street office on Saturdays is on a “trial basis” over the next few weeks and that members’ feedback will be taken into consideration when a review of the change takes place.
“All of the feedback, positive and negative, will be taken into account,” said St Canice’s Credit Union manager Claire Lawton.
Cllr Malcolm Noonan (Greens) is calling for the credit union to reinstate its Saturday openings because they bring people into the city centre on a busy trading day and because elderly people find the walk to the credit union’s MacDonagh Junction branch “too arduous.”
“The closure of St Canice’s Credit Union main High Street branch on Saturdays is disenfranchising many city residents, particularly the elderly, and is hitting city centre business on what should be the busiest trading day of the week,” Cllr Noonan said.
He has written to the board of St Canice’s Kilkenny Credit Union asking that they reinstate the Saturday opening of the High Street branch.
“It is my view that the Credit Union’s presence on High Street is intrinsic to the economic vitality of the city centre and it is simply unacceptable to me as a shareholder that the branch is closed to its members on a day that most people have time to avail of its services,” he said.
“Furthermore many elderly members simply find the trek across to MacDonagh Junction too arduous. It is also placing more pressure on the MacDonagh Junction branch.”
“While I welcome the significant investment in the refitting of the interior of the High Street branch, I believe that this investment should be matched by optimising the service to members,” Cllr Noonan said. “This is one of the most successful credit unions in the country and the economic engine of High Street, and while recognising that overheads and staffing are issues, I would hope that the Credit Union board would reconsider and find a way in which this very popular community resource could be opened again on Saturdays.”