Miriam O’Donohoe: If our businesses are struggling so much, why did they shut for 12 days?
FOR tens of thousands of workers, this weekend marks the end of a marathon Christmas and New Year break. The half-empty buses and DARTs, ghost-like offices, packed shops and public parks over the past while are testament to the fact that the country has been on one long, 12 days of Christmas (plus) snooze-in.
Thankfully, life will get back to normal in Ireland Inc on Monday morning. (Unless, of course, you are President Higgins, who has jetted off to Lanzarote for a week accompanied by his assistant to "prepare for the year ahead").
Because Christmas Day fell on a Tuesday, many finished work on Friday, December 21. There was little point in going back on the Thursday or Friday, right? And hey, with the beginning of the next week New Year's, why not take a few extra leave days and make a real break of it?