IN Dun Laoghaire, Anne Joyce of the Dun Laoghaire Community Association says that more than 60 shops have closed in the main shopping areas in the town and 18 have closed in Dun Laoghaire shopping centre.
Some traders blame a very tough parking regime in Dun Laoghaire as a factor which has contributed to the area's decline in trade-- a claim rejected by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Council.
However, documents seen by the Sunday Independent suggest that there is a high level of enforcement of parking fines in the local authority area.
In the three years between the beginning of 2009 and the end of 2011, more than 100,000 parking fines were issued to motorists in the area.
Florist Anne Joyce told the Sunday Independent: "There is a clear link between the downturn in retail and the issue of parking and parking enforcement. Sunday is now the busiest day in Dun Laoghaire, when there is free car parking."
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown parking fines issued by year:
2009 2010 2011
41,109 37,711 37,317
Three-year total: 106,137