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Small Irish businesses are becoming the victims of a global supply-side emergency 

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‘Do you want to pay €2,500 to jump the queue and get it on the ship?’

‘Do you want to pay €2,500 to jump the queue and get it on the ship?’

Áine Gleeson of WowWee.ie at home in Ennis, Co Clare. Picture by Arthur Ellis

Áine Gleeson of WowWee.ie at home in Ennis, Co Clare. Picture by Arthur Ellis

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‘Do you want to pay €2,500 to jump the queue and get it on the ship?’

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. But disruption to the global supply chain means Barry Doyle from The Arboretum garden and lifestyle centres has struggled to deck the halls of his outlets in time for the festive season.

The retailer, which has outlets in Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow and Kilquade, Co Wicklow, typically receives its artificial Christmas trees in August from its Chinese supplier.


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