Why the dead centre cannot hold | Ireland – The Times

Ruth Ní Loinsigh remembers popping prosecco with neighbouring shopkeepers on the day that Om Diva boutique reopened on Drury Street in central Dublin in early June. They sat together in the nearby Castle Market and toasted a much-needed shopping bonanza. “We thought this was the beginning of the next chapter,” says Ní Loinsigh. The next day, the city was dead — and trade has been up and down since then.

With the majority of office workers in Dublin continuing to carry out their duties at home, no overseas tourists and some reductions in public transport remaining in place, pockets of the city centre have been deprived of the footfall needed to drum up sufficient business, even as the economy has reopened.

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