Northern Ireland

Bank of Ireland jobs transfer upsets Bangor shop owners

Image caption Bank of Ireland is transferring staff to Belfast.

Traders in Bangor have said they are disappointed at the transfer of dozens of bank staff to Belfast later this year.

Over 80 Bank of Ireland employees are due to be moved from the County Down town in the early autumn.

The bank said it has yet to decide on the future of its premises on the town's Central Avenue.

Members of the local chamber of commerce are concerned about the potential loss of earnings.

Chamber president and local cafe owner Evan Ward said his members were very unhappy at the news.

"These people come out of their offices during the day and spend money, and that is all good for the town centre," he added.

The staff being transferred work for NIIB Finance, a subsidiary of the Bank of Ireland that has been trading in Bangor since 1956.