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John Drennan: Scaring up business a nightmare on Main St

The small traders are doing their best with little or no help from the Government, says John Drennan

Published 05/09/2010 | 05:00

Portlaoise is a reasonably-sized provincial town but, in spite of its modest scale, if you stroll down its high street there is an astonishing array of what mandarins call small businesses.

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We knew from experience that there were 21 pubs. We counted the various small shops in a manner that might have left some fearing the IMF had arrived, and the total of small businesses came to 205.

That's a lot of jobs, a lot of dreams and a lot of worry too for you cannot walk past a small clothes shop without seeing 50 per cent discounts and the new trend for €5, €10 and €15 rails.

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