Ulster Bank refuses to comment on boss Brown's bonus

Ulster Bank is refusing to be drawn on whether its boss Jim Brown will forgo his bonus in light of the massive computer meltdown at the bank, which has affected up to 150,000 people here.

Payment problems at parent company RBS have now entered their 12th day, affecting Ulster Bank as well as UK banks Nat West and RBS.

The head of RBS, Stephen Hester, has already announced that he is giving up his bonus, saying it would be inappropriate after letting customers down.

A report in today's Irish Independent said a spokesperson for Ulster Bank chief Jim Brown last night refused to comment on whether he would follow Mr Hester's lead.

Meanwhile, Ulster Bank is keeping 60 branches open today and 22 tomorrow, to deal with the ongoing fallout from last week's technical glitch.


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