Bank of Ireland customers can finally use Apple Pay for transactions after the lender announced that it has introduced the technology to its platform.

The move follows the rollout of the bank's new mobile app for customers who are users of devices that run Apple’s iOS operating system.

"This is another important addition to our digital payment offering, following on swiftly from the rollout of the new mobile app, and we look forward to bringing more new features to customers over the coming months," said Director of Business Transformation at Bank of Ireland, Christine Hamill.

It has been a long wait for Bank of Ireland customers. 

Apple Pay was first introduced to the Irish market in 2017 through Ulster Bank and KBC, before being added by AIB.

However, Bank of Ireland's technology infrastructure did not allow the technology to be used and the bank has been going through a major IT overhaul.

Bank of Ireland’s rollout means Permanent TSB is the last of the main retail banks here not to offer the service, although it said today it would add it in the coming weeks.

Apple Pay allows customers to pay for goods and services using their iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch, or by clicking on icons embedded on certain shopping websites.

It is considered a convenient and secure method of carrying out transactions, without the need to handle cash or cards or touch buttons on a card terminal.

Google and Samsung are among other operators offering a similar service.

To set up Apple Pay, Bank of Ireland customers need to open the Wallet app on their device, tap +, and follow the steps to add their credit or debit cards.