Killarney Credit Union will host its Annual General Meeting this Wednesday 14th December in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney at 7.30pm. The credit union which is now serving the needs of its 25,000 members has been in existence since 1970 and has seen strong growth in the past 12 months.
Mark Murphy, CEO of Killarney Credit Union stated “The assets at the credit union now stand at a very healthy €105 million. In the past year, we facilitated the people of Killarney & Kenmare with over 2,500 individual loans to a value of €13.1 million.
With the initial signs of economic recovery in the local economy, member’s confidence has seen a saving increase of 8% bringing total savings in the credit union to €91 million. Due to this increase, in July 2016, the Board of Killarney Credit Union took the hard decision to limit savings to €50,000 per member. This decision affected less than 1% of the membership of the credit union and is being monitored on an ongoing basis. The credit union introduced a new IT system in October which allows for greater functionality and this includes online banking and mobile apps for members. It also introduced a range of new loan products including home, business, and bridging finance during the year.
Mark added “there is strong demand for the development of new products and services such as electronic payments, direct debits, debit cards, insurance cover and new loan rates. We are continually reviewing our product and service offering for members to meet their needs. Our home and business loan products are proving popular with members since their introduction this year” he concluded.
The credit union has been heavily involved in sponsorship of local clubs, societies and charities in the past 12 months with over 50 groups receiving €20,000 in sponsorship. The credit union has an ethos of supporting local initiatives. Local children were involved through the running of the local art and quiz competitions. The personal finance programme for secondary schools Clued-in was delivered in St Brendan’s, Killarney in 2016. A new children’s mascot Rua Red Deer was introduced to junior members in September.
Pat Delaney, Chairman of Killarney Credit Union stated “We are proud of the role we continue to play in being more than a financial institution but a valuable resource to the South Kerry community and its people. Even though the initial signs of economic recovery are clear, it is only right that every credit union continues to make responsible and prudent decisions going forward. Our priority at Killarney Credit Union is to protect our members and to serve their needs, whilst ensuring the safety of their savings. We are delighted to offer our members a return on their savings by paying a dividend this year. We would like to thank all of our members for their continued loyalty and support of our services” he concluded.
Killarney Credit Union will host its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 14th December at 7.30pm in the Mangerton Suite, Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney. Members raffle will take place on the night with cash prizes and hampers. Light refreshments will be served.