Speculation as MBNA closes its doors

There has been growing speculation over the future of the former MBNA/Bank of America site in Carrick-on-Shannon following the closure of the business last week.

There has been growing speculation over the future of the former MBNA/Bank of America site in Carrick-on-Shannon following the closure of the business last week.

It is understood that part-time staff at the company finished up on Thursday afternoon, while their full-time counterparts cleared their desks 24 hours later.

During the final days of last week, an estimated 160 staff were left unemployed by the closure and despite growing speculation that a new tenant has already been found for the state-of-the-art facility, it now appears that is not the case.

Earlier this week a spokesperson for the HSE confirmed that during a review of its accommodation strategy for Carrick-on-Shannon they had “looked at the former Bank of America offices as one of a number of possible accommodation options.” However the spokesperson went on to stress that “there are no plans to proceed with this option”.

So it was without any real national media attention, fuss or fanfare that, 160 people lost their jobs in Carrick-on-Shannon last week. Following 13 years as part of the landscape of Carrick-on-Shannon life and having suffered wave after wave of job cuts over the past few years,the doors finally closed.

In August this year, MBNA, after months of speculation, finally signalled their intentions to sever all ties with Co Leitrim. At its peak the company employed over 1,100 in Ireland, with the vast majority of these in Carrick-on-Shannon. At the time, Chief Executive, Ian O’Doherty confirmed to the Leitrim Observer that the business had become “UK focused” and the American giant would go on to align their resources to the market in which they operate.

The building, which opened in July 2001, has not been totally emptied as the 250 staff at AvantCard - formed following the purchase of part of Bank of America’s Credit Card portfolio by Apollo - will remain at the Carrick site.