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Haircuts ahead: Barber Alan Kelly attends to customer Anthony Remedy at the Regent Barber Shop in Dublin. Photo: Getty Images

Haircuts ahead: Barber Alan Kelly attends to customer Anthony Remedy at the Regent Barber Shop in Dublin. Photo: Getty Images

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Haircuts ahead: Barber Alan Kelly attends to customer Anthony Remedy at the Regent Barber Shop in Dublin. Photo: Getty Images

Warm feelings that retailers and small businesses had about finally getting the economy reopened again are starting to turn decidedly cool.

Hairdressers and other businesses are only getting to reopen this week but there will be little real euphoria.

I walked around Dublin city centre last Saturday for the first time since mid-March. Admittedly it was a wet day, but the place had an eerie emptiness.