How a once proud town is being brought to its knees
Retailers claim that a punitive approach to parking is strangling local businesses, writes Jerome Reilly
At least 66 shops and businesses have closed down in Dun Laoghaire in recent years. The town's elegant shopping streets are pockmarked with 'To let' and 'For sale' signs. Last Wednesday afternoon, there was depressingly little footfall in its retail heartland.
So is it simply the recession and the devastating downturn in retail spending that is to blame for Dun Laoghaire's ills?
After all, new statistics released on Friday revealed that insolvencies had increased nationally by more than a fifth for the first seven months of the year and were up 150 per cent on the figures for 2008.