Rally for a new credit union in Newbridge

Newbridge Action Group Meeting at Ryston Sports & Social  Club. Some of The Large Attendence. Photo. Jimmy Fullam.
There was a hint of the Hollywood Christmas film ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at Wednesday night’s credit union action group rally to start a brand new CU for Newbridge.

There was a hint of the Hollywood Christmas film ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at Wednesday night’s credit union action group rally to start a brand new CU for Newbridge.

One man even stood up to ask if he should take all his savings out of the old credit union to help start the new one.

The embers of the old credit union in Newbridge, still glowing, were brushed aside, and dusted off with talk of changing “channels from the history channel to the discovery channel”.

In attendance on behalf of the action group was Morgan McCabe, Yvonne Boland, Marian Harkin, MEP. Willie Crowley, Pat Tinsley and Declan Browne who started the meeting, which was held in Ryston Sports and Social Club, and began with the Credit Union prayer .

“We are all great supporters of the ethos of the credit union,” said Chairman Willie Crowley.

The meeting heard that the action group, formed last July to save Newbridge credit union from a proposed merger with Naas, is now at a new stage on “its long journey”.

“We have been told by the Tanaiste and the Minister for Finance that there is a consensus that we should have credit union facilities in Newbridge,” he added.

“Not a sub office or an ATM - we want our own credit union. We want to send the message that there is an appetite for a new credit union in the town and we want the building returned to its members.”