Saturday 20 January 2018

Fallon and Byrne in Dun Laoghaire

Fallon and Byrne, People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire, Tel. (01) 472 1000

Fallon & Byrne Dun Laoighaire
Fallon & Byrne Dun Laoighaire

Paolo Tulio

I heard on the radio recently that Limerick City has just done something revolutionary: they've made parking easier.

Specifically, they've made it free from 3pm, to encourage you to come to Limerick to do your shopping. To me, that sounds like common sense - if you want people to spend money in your town, you need to make it easy for them. If you make it really hard to park, and then you make it expensive, and then you put plenty of parking wardens on the job so that a five-minute delay means you get a ticket as well, you shouldn't be surprised if shoppers stop coming.

I stopped taking my business to Dun Laoghaire years ago, when I got fed up of being fined when I'd gone there to spend money. I can't be the only who thinks like that, as there are now loads of empty shops looking for tenants. The top floor of the shopping centre is down to one working shop. Surely it's common sense to make life as easy as possible for people who are going to spend money in your shops? I mean, who are you going to collect commercial rates from if all the shops have closed?

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