DUBLIN City Council (DCC) has been forced into an embarrassing climbdown after it postponed water restrictions until Sunday.
The turnaround comes after the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) reacted with fury on behalf of its members to the announcement of the restrictions which were due to be in place today and tomorrow.
A council spokeswoman confirmed the deferral, and said that they acknowledge the concerns of businesses and consumers and are also conscious of the high footfall in the area.
She said the RAI had been informed of the decision and that the DCC will be going door-to-door with another hand-delivered notice to affected businesses tomorrow.
"We're three years struggling with the DCC, with them turning off water willy nilly, with no communication or contact with us regarding viable solutions," RAI chief executive Adrian Cummins said.
"The council has no idea how tough business is at present, especially for struggling restaurants where margins are tighter than ever," he added.
The RAI had estimated that businesses between Grafton Street, Dawson Street and Merrion Row at Saint Stephen's Green would experience €5-10,000 loss of revenue had the restrictions proceeded.
The restrictions were to facilitate the connection of a water main to a new restaurant opening on Merrion Row in a week's time.