'I don't want people looking at the news and worrying' – George's Street Arcade owners helping tenants through 'Covid uncertainties' – Independent.ie

The owners of Dublin’s George’s Street Arcade have pledged to support any tenants experiencing financial difficulties due to Covid-19 “uncertainties”.

he Layden Family Group, owners of the landmark Victorian market building, won much praise when they didn’t take rent from their 42 traders during lockdown.

Even after restrictions were lifted, rents were offered at reduced rates and only recently returned on a phased basis to normal levels. Previously, the Laydens had arranged rent reductions for their tenants during the recession.

Their astonishing act of generosity during the pandemic cost the Layden family almost €500,000, which they funded from their own resources.

In a Twitter and Facebook post this week, Joe Layden and his daughter Gwen urged traders not to worry about the “many uncertainties” and said they would offer any support necessary.

“As before, we will smooth out all in financial and other supports, if needed,” they said. “So do

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