City retailers voice serious concern at Luas strike plans

Thursday, 18 February 2016
Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the retail sector, today expressed serious concern at the effect of ongoing industrial action by Luas drivers on Dublin retailers and the plan for further action on two dates in March including St Patrick's Day.

Director of Retail Ireland Thomas Burke said: "The Luas is a crucial part of Dublin's transport infrastructure and carries 15% of total daily shoppers into the city centre. At a time when retail businesses are only getting back on their feet after six years of recession, this interruption to transport services has the potential to seriously impact traders in the city centre and along the Luas routes. The prospect of action occurring during the St Patrick's Day period, when the city is full of tourists, must be avoided."