Allied Irish Bank has introduced a range of banking services for the Polish community in Ireland including hiring Polish speaking staff for 12 branches and a dedicated Polish section on the bank's website.
AIB customers using internet banking can make international payments in zloty or euros and a range of other currencies of up to E5,000 per day at a price cheaper than the current paper system. The bank said that this will be of particular interest to the Polish community in Ireland as in 2003 AIB customers made almost 6,000 payments to Poland; but by 2005 this had risen to almost 60,000 payments.
Polish speaking staff will also be recruited for direct banking and in 12 branches throughout Ireland. Grainne Clancy, head of customer propositions in AIB said: This is the first initiative in a phased approach to addressing the needs of the broader non-Irish national communities in Ireland.
There are now 120,000 Polish people living in Ireland. Given the scale of this community and our strong affinity with Poland, through our subsidiary, BZ WBK, AIB is very well placed to support their needs.