Wednesday 18 October 2017

'Snobbery' blamed for charity shops ban

Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

SNOBBERY is the reason Dublin City Council has proposed to ban charity shops on Grafton Street, it has been claimed. There are concerns the shops will undermine the status of the street as the city's premier retail thoroughfare.

Draft planning controls reveal that convenience stores, collect stores for internet shopping, and personal care services such as teeth whitening are also on the 'banned' list.

Charity groups have reacted angrily to comments by Assistant City Manager Jim Keoghan, who said the growth of "lower- end retail" threatens to undermine the street's reputation.

The Irish Charity Shops Association accused the Council of "snobbery". Mr Keoghan has recommended that councillors endorse the ban at next Monday's meeting.

In a statement, the Irish Charity Shops Association (ICSA) said the move would have a detrimental impact on donations for already ailing charities. However, the council responded by saying: "Higher end retailing is the anchor to the continued survival of Grafton Street as a premier shopping destination".

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