In light of all the puff pieces promoting the reopening of retail click “n” collect today in various media outlets (‘nuff said!) Above is a busy day on Grafton Street around lunch time highlighting the reality…
Gardaí have identified a group who launched fireworks at officers during violent scenes on Dublin’s Grafton Street on Saturday and expect to make arrests shortly.
The group comprises males from the Monkstown/Dún Laoghaire area who have a history of engaging in anti-social behaviour.
“They are a bunch of thugs who have terrorised Monkstown Farm for years. They are organised in a sense that they all work together and are into all sorts of stuff. But mainly just thugs,” a source said.
Gardaí have clear footage and images of the group, including of them preparing the firework to be fired during a mid-afternoon stand-off between gardaí and anti-lockdown protesters.
According to one estimate, 12 per cent of retail units on Grafton Street, one of the country’s busiest shopping locations before the pandemic, are vacant. Department store Debenhams, which closed last year, has left nearly one million sq ft of empty retail space across Ireland, according to Neil Bannon of commercial property consultancy Bannon.
All told, it is possible that the equivalent square footage of Dundrum Town Centre will have been vacated by the fashion retail crash.”
From top: Tereza Mytakou (left) from Greece and Merve Ataman from Turkey, both Phd students in TCD; health care workers Sinead Lynch (left) and Caoimhe Clark; Alison Smithers (left) with Ella, Peaches and Michelle Flaherty; Zdenek Raiser and Martina Melikova and their daughter Anna.