Retail business down by one-third
RETAIL business is down by a third since the start of the cold snap.
That's despite shops remaining open for business and deliveries getting through.
Ibec's Retail Ireland said the drop came on top of an already difficult situation as a survey revealed that two-thirds of their members said business was poor before bad weather hit.
"An already difficult situation has been made worse by the bad weather. Our members tell us that customer numbers and business are down by one-third since the start of the recent period of bad weather," said director Torlach Denihan.
He called for a concerted effort by local authorities and the gardai to keep the roads open and said other counties should copy Donegal, where the army had been deployed to clear footpaths and roads.
Dublin City Centre Business Association said that restaurants, cinemas and theatres were suffering from the cold snap as well as retailers as fewer people stayed around Dublin at night.
"It's tough for everyone, restaurants are getting cancellations for the few work dos they had booked," said chief executive Tom Coffey.
Ibec's survey revealed that two-thirds of retailers weren't expecting an uplift soon, rating prospects for the next three months as poor or very poor.