Retail Ireland statement on events in Dublin last night

November 24, 2023

Director of Retail Ireland, the Ibec group representing the retail sector, Arnold Dillon said:

“The sector is deeply shocked at the violence and disorder in Dublin last night. There is massive concern about the impact on staff, the cost of repairing damage and replacing stock, and the knock on effect it will have on city centre trade over the coming weeks. Getting staff home safely was a major challenge for many retailers yesterday and many shops have reduced trading hours today. The disorder has significantly affected trade at a key time for the sector. Of even greater concern is that shoppers will be put off travelling into the city centre over the coming weeks. A strong, assertive and visible Gardai response is required. It is vital that there is no repeat of what happened yesterday. It is also crucial that there is now a collective effort to ensure the city is safe, secure and welcoming to all over the Christmas period.”