Money headaches in Portlaoise as cash machines crash

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly


ATMs crash in Portlaoise.

Shoppers are experiencing Friday evenin cash headaches in Portlaoise as a result of a cresh in Visa services across Europe.

A number of atm machines are not dispensing cash in the Laois town while shops have also been forced to tell people that cash only transactions can be accepted.

A member of staff in Penney's Portlaoise reportedly told customers that cash only purchases were allowed.

The company has said Visa transactions are not being processed due to a service disruption. A company statement added that they are investigating the cause of the disruption and are working as quickly as possible to resolve the situation.

Bank of Ireland has said it is aware of an issue with Visa Debit Cards, and that account holders can make cash withdrawals at any Bank of Ireland ATM. 

Permanent TSB also said that its Visa Debit Cards can be used at the bank's ATM. 

AIB said it is aware of intermittent issues with AIB cards and is working to resolve the matter.