Speaking with CoinDesk, BitVendo’s CEO Megan Dolan said the bank’s message was simple and definitive.
Your account application has been rejected due to the nature of your business. We’re not comfortable with it.”
Dolan claims that the bank representatives said the decision came from “on high,” and that it was clear that Bitcoin was the pressure point. While Bitcoin isn’t illegal in Ireland, banks are under no obligation to provide accounts to risky businesses, and expose themselves to significant risk if their accounts are used for criminal purposes like money laundering.
Though clearly a setback for BitVendo, the company is already exploring a relationship with the more Bitcoin-friendly Allied Irish Banks. Should it all work out, the BitVendo ATM will activate and begin operations later this week.