DUBLIN (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland's
Local banks and foreign lenders servicing the Irish economy have shut branches and shed thousands of jobs since the crisis hit in 2008. Ulster has already made hundreds of redundancies and last year announced a second round of job cuts involving the departure of 950 staff. It had cut 1,000 jobs in 2009.
The latest redundancies were delayed by an IT failure at the bank last June, which cost Ireland's third-largest lender tens of millions of euros in compensation after salaries failed to appear in accounts and customers' household bills went unpaid.
Ulster said on Thursday it was reviewing its 226 branches, which are spilt between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and expected to be able to provide customers with further details of the closures in the next few weeks.
It said it would close around 20 branches and sub offices in Ireland this year as a result of the review.
Rival Allied Irish Banks
Denmark's Danske Bank
Bank of Ireland
(This story corrects paragraph seven in story transmitted on January 3 to clarify that Danske Bank closed branch network and did not exit Irish market)
(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by David Holmes)