Constance Harris: Decision is a disaster for brand Ireland's image
Grafton Street is the pinnacle of high-end retail here, but now it is totally devalued
Dublin City Council's recent decision to allow charity shops to trade on Grafton Street is disastrous for Dublin city and Brand Ireland and one that should be revoked immediately before damage is done.
The largest single industry in the world, employing 20 per cent of the world's population, is retail.
For the entire five years of the recession, the only sector growing in retail is high-end, luxury goods, the sales of which are increasing seven to nine per cent every year.