New technology will allow bank customers to withdraw cash from automated machines.

Plans are under way to introduce automated teller machines. These computerised self-service points will be installed in local bank branches from next year, allowing customers to withdraw money.

Just stick in your bank card and dial the necessary information such as your account number

The ATM machines are connected to the bank's central computer and can instantly check the state of your account.

Meanwhile, the Barclay credit card was being replaced by an Allied Irish Bank visa card. Barclay card holders had been billed in sterling, but the new visa card would use Irish pounds. Visa development manager Pauline Martin says that customers will also be able to use the card abroad in more than 120 countries at more than three million outlets.

An RTÉ News report broadcast 11 November 1979.

AIB Self-Service Bank Machine, 1979