CORK-based Irish language centre, Gael Taca, staged a protest outside Bank of Ireland Patrick Street branch over plans to no longer offer its ATM services in Irish.
The bank has been forced to defend the removal of the Irish language services from a number of its ATMs.
It said that less than 1% ATM transactions were completed in Irish and it was therefore no longer a viable service to offer.
Sinn Féin Councillor Mick Nugent attended yesterday’s protests and has also called on the bank to retain the service.
“As it is the first language of this State, and as a major bank it should facilitate customers who are bilingual or who are starting to learn the language,” he said.