Retail group voices ‘serious concern’ over Luas strike plans

Luas trams lined up at the Sandyford Line depot during strike action (Photo: Rollingnews.ie)

Retail Ireland concerned by further planned Luas strikes, stating the tram is used by 15% of total daily shoppers into Dublin city centre

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18 February 2016 | 0

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 Tuesday, 8 March and St Patrick’s Day.

Director of Retail Ireland Thomas Burke described the Luas as “a crucial part of Dublin’s transport infrastructure” which “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,” Burke added.

He also highlighted the commercial importance of St Patrick’s Day on 17 March, stating: “The prospect of action occurring during the St Patrick’s Day period, when the city is full of tourists, must be avoided.”

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