Businesses: 'Water shut-off another nail in coffin for us'
A RESTAURATEUR has described Dublin city's water restrictions as "another nail in the coffin".
Padraic Og Gallagher, the proprietor of the popular eatery Boxty House in Temple Bar, saw the imposed restrictions shut his business off from the city's water supply at 8pm last night.
"I cannot believe it is going to happen," he told the Irish Independent. "If the water goes off at 8pm, we'll have a closed restaurant by 8.45pm. I usually stay open till 10.30pm."
Mr Gallagher revealed that his popular establishment is busiest at 8pm – just when the supply will be shut off – forcing him to stock up on bottled water.
"It's disastrous. Everybody eats at 8pm – that's the preferred time to eat in this city. Between 7pm and 9pm is our busiest time.
"We just can't afford to lose customers, I've got to pay wages on Friday," he said.
Mr Gallagher has revealed that it was not just his custom that will suffer, but also his 11 employees scheduled to work this evening who will be sent home early, missing out on several hours' pay.
He has called on the authorities to consider extending the restriction hours to just over an hour later. "We can work with 9.30pm. We could survive with 9.30, it'd be difficult but we could make it work," he said. "We are meant to be coming out of the bailout, we are going forward with things and then we go backwards. It's ridiculous."
Meanwhile, the country's biggest shopping centre has advised its tenants to conserve water.
"We have advised all of our tenants to conserve water where possible," explained Don Nugent, centre director at the Dundrum Town Centre.
The centre, which boasts 40 cafes and restaurants, opens until 9pm every weekday to facilitate late-night shopping.
"We trade late into the evening. So there is a high demand for water," he said.