Tag Archives: O’Connell Street

Last night.

On Dublin’s O’Connell Street.

Tom Duffy, a volunteer from Feed Our Homeless, recorded a live Facebook video claiming a woman in her 70s was sleeping outside Starbuck’s and that her son, in his late 30s or early 40s, was “wrapping her up like a baby” for the night.

In the video, Tom said:

“There’s a man, in his, I’d say, mid to late-30s, and he is now, at the moment, wrapping his 74-year-old mother in sleeping bags. And thank God, we had one sleeping bag left. We gave them an extra sleeping bag.

“…He’s tucking his 72, I think he said 72, or 74 years of age, mother. He’s wrapping her up there like a baby. This is 2018 on one of the busiest streets in Ireland. And no one seems to give a continental about it…”

Tom Duffy (Facebook)

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Whimsical post-hipster fantasy or capitalist booze hub in the sky?

Hospitality Ireland reports:

Plans submitted by OCS Properties to Dublin City Council are proposing the addition of a new ‘rooftop destination’ to Clery’s department store, which will see it host a series of bars, restaurants and entertainment spaces, as well as the creation of a new boutique hotel on Earl Place.

This new rooftop destination will be available for day and night-time use according to the developers. Other changes will see the department stores facade adding a number of ‘Juliette’ balconies to sit about street level, the staircase being restored to its original condition and the renovation of its famous tea rooms.

The store will see its ground, lower ground and first floors used for retail and its upper office floors being available for letting.

It’s no KaDeWe, in fairness.

Hospitality Ireland (Plan For Clery’s To Become Rooftop Destination With Bars And Restaurants)

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The consortium that bought the Clerys store in Dublin for €29 million is trying to lure Apple to open a flagship retail outlet on the ground floor of the site.

It is understood the Natrium consortium, fronted by D2 Private developer Deirdre Foley, has held numerous discussions with Apple over several months.

…Meanwhile, the Government will on Friday submit a new batch of documents to the European Commission’s investigation into Apple’s tax arrangements in Ireland. The Department of Finance confirmed yesterday that the commisison has requested extra documents.

Natrium sets sights on Apple Store in Clerys building (Irish Times)

Previously: How they killed Clerys