Brexit vote sparks rush to secure gold and cash in Dublin
THE owner of a safe deposit vault in Dublin said new clients from Northern Ireland had trebled in recent weeks amid uncertainty surround Brexit.
Séamus Fahy, founder of Merrion Vaults at Merrion Square in the city said fears over the UK's exit from the European Union and the impact of negative interest rates across were driving factors behind the growth.
He said there was increased demand for safe deposit boxes to store cash and gold at the Merrion Vaults and another facility in Glasgow in recent weeks.
“However, following the referendum result favouring Britain to leave the EU, we are inundated with calls from new clients in Northern Ireland who are either storing cash in the vaults or investing in gold," he added.
“The bank service charges cost more to keep the cash in bank accounts compared to putting the cash in safe deposit boxes."
Among fears to arise from the shock outcome of the EU referendum was a possible lowering in interest rates - already at an historic low of 0.5 per cent in the UK.
Mr Fahy set up Merrion Vaults in Dublin in 2014 as the first independent safe deposit box service in Ireland.
“We set out to provide a seven-day service for individuals who wanted to store valuables, art collections and confidential deeds and contracts, as well as local businesses who needed to store cash and valuable products in a safe and easily accessible location," he said.
“It is amazing to see the change in use over the past few weeks. This change is not limited to Merrion Vaults and Glasgow Vaults. Our peers also confirm they are experiencing this demand for the safe deposit boxes.
“Such a demand clearly highlights the concern individuals and businesses about Brexit and the fact that the banking industry across Europe has failed to address the low interest problem."