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Sunday 22 October 2017

Drunken yobs ruining Temple Bar for shopowners

Bob Johnston, owner of The Gutter Book shop, with graffiti on wall of shop. Cow's Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Bob Johnston, owner of The Gutter Book shop, with graffiti on wall of shop. Cow's Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Shop owners in Temple Bar say that the teen gangs are affecting their business.

Bob Johnston, who owns the Gutter Bookshop on Cow's Lane, told the Herald that the drinking, shouting and generally anti-social behaviour have escalated in the last six months.

"We hold a lot of events in the bookshop and it can be off-putting when there is that activity happening outside," said Mr Johnston.

He explained that it is happening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Mr Johnston's shop has just won Ireland's Best Independent Bookstore award.

John Weldon of John Weldon Auctioneers, also on Cow's Lane is also affected by the gangs. Mr Weldon's busy shop has suffered criminal damage.

"Recently we had one of our windows smashed and the gardai are following up on it," explained Mr Weldon.

"They (teen gangs) are outside drinking and they're loud and boisterous and it's off-putting for someone trying to run a business. It makes us uncomfortable."

"We've had them sitting on our doorstep - sometimes they won't move and sometimes they will move, most times they do move."

 

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