Inconvenience for customers looms as Irish Bank Official's Association threaten to cease filling automatic cash machines.

The Irish Bank Officials' Association (IBOA) escalate a long-running dispute with the announcement of a plan to withdraw automatic cash dispensing services. From 8 October 1981 IBOA members will be refusing to refill Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) as they run empty.

The ATMs have been in operation for about 18 months. Bank of Ireland PASS and Allied Irish Banks Banklink systems operate on both sides of the border, handling more than £50,000,000 in withdrawals a year.

Closure of cash points will have no effect on across the counter bank business. However it will mean bigger queues for customers in the banks.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 October 1981. The footage shown here is mute.