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Neigbour's delight with D3 closure

A HAIR salon owner, who claimed he was being victimised over the opening of a head shop in Clontarf on Dublin's northside, said today he was "very happy" that the shop had now been closed.

A dispute over the D3 Headshop on Clontarf Road was settled in the High Court yesterday when the operator agreed to surrender the lease on the premises.

The shop which sold 'legal highs' opened on the Clontarf Road on St Patrick's Day last.

Ian Norman, owner of the Glamorous Hair and Beauty Salon, two doors from the head shop, told the Herald he has been subjected to verbal abuse because he once owned a lease on the Headshop premises.

He said: "People seem to think I still have the lease on that shop but I have no connection with it. I sold on the lease three years ago.

"I have 25 people working in my salon. Do people honestly think I would put all those jobs and a career at risk by getting involved in a Headshop?"

Mr Norman said he had been visited by politicians over the issue but had documents to prove he had no link to the Headshop

"People don't seem to understand I sold that lease. I am totally against what Headshops are doing and I actually feel violated by the whole affair.

"I have put a big notice in my salon window to explain to people that I have no connection with the Headshop," he added.

Last Monday, the court granted a temporary injunction to the owners of the premises, Patrick and Alice Lynch, against tenant Jeffrey Carey, prohibiting him from carrying on any business there other than as a florist and gift shop.

Yesterday Brendan Watchorn SC, for the owners, told Ms Justice Mary Laffoy that following talks Mr Carey had agreed to surrender the lease.