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Monday 5 December 2016

'I love Greece, we'll have to see how it pans out' - bar owner

Staff at The Myknos Taverna, Dame St yesterday were; Eric Shore, Manager, Maria Drami, Chef, and Dimitrios Poulimenos, Waiter.
Staff at The Myknos Taverna, Dame St yesterday were; Eric Shore, Manager, Maria Drami, Chef, and Dimitrios Poulimenos, Waiter.
Ken Hickey

A DublinER opening an Irish pub in Greece fears the closure of banks there will halt his plans.

Ken Hickey, from Templeogue, has been living in the Greek city of Thessaloniki for several years and recently made the decision to invest in a new business there.

The 44-year-old said The Dubliner pub was to open on July 10, but that may now be delayed significantly as suppliers are demanding cash on delivery.

"That might delay us opening up totally. And we are ready with 10 to 15 employees to start work and to start generating money for the economy - and we can't," he said.

Greece decided on Sunday to shut banks and restrict cash withdrawals after the ECB said it would not extend emergency funding.

Coming back to Ireland is not an option for Mr Hickey, and he said his commitment to his new home remains.

Love

"I still love the country, but we have to wait and see how it pans out," he said.

Meanwhile, in Dublin, the manager of a Greek restaurant said he was worried for his family back home.

Eric Shore (27), of the Mykonos Taverna on Dame Street, told the Herald that there was a big question mark over his native country's future.

"My family aren't even sure that the bank will open next week," he said. "We're very worried, we don't know what's going to happen, it's not good.

"My uncle and my grandmother are back in Greece, it's not the best.

"They are raising taxes and cutting wages there at the moment."

Mr Shore said he would now have to use Western Union to send money home to Greece.

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