Commenting following a public meeting, Mrs Foster said,
“When the news broke of the planned closure of the Bank of Ireland in Belleek, there was shock and sadness from within the local community. I want to pay tribute to the Belleek Chamber of Commerce for their commitment to ensure that this vital asset is secured. The removal of the Bank of Ireland would be a strike to the very heart of the village, a village that has so much to offer our local economy.
I have spoken to representatives of the Chamber of Commerce in recent days when I recommended the action of 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.
The petition can be signed in my Enniskillen Constituency Office and I trust that the entire local community will rally behind this important campaign”
Cllr Raymond Farrell who spoke at the public meeting said,
“Customers, business owners and the local community in Belleek will not accept this absurd decision taken by the Bank of Ireland. We welcome the support of our First Minister and I trust that a positive resolution can be achieved in the very near future.”