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Tuesday 6 December 2016

'If I could get a place in Tallaght, I'd go to Tallaght' - sex shop boss

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Richie Cullen outside the sex shop in Drumcondra which was due to open today.
Richie Cullen outside the sex shop in Drumcondra which was due to open today.

The owners of a controversial sex shop that was prevented from opening on Dublin's northside could be set to relocate to another area in the city.

The Play Blue adult store was due to open across the road from a primary school in Drumcondra today, but community pressure convinced auctioneer Vincent Kelly to buy the lease from owners Richie Cullen and Robert Doyle.

The pair are on the lookout for a new property, with Tallaght mooted as one possible destination.

Co-owner, Mr Cullen told the Herald that they are looking to get a new property soon, as they try to expand their business.

"We're going to start the hunt today, so we'll be looking at other places around the city, if we can, or maybe somewhere like Tallaght," Mr Cullen said.

Property

"If I could get a place in Tallaght, I'd go to Tallaght, but it just depends on the costs, if you were to rent somewhere around The Square," he said.

Mr Cullen said the most important aspect was to set up in a busy location. He encouraged anyone with property to let to get in touch with him and his business partner.

"At the end of the day, it's got to be somewhere where there'll be a lot of footfall, otherwise there's no point really, is there?

"If anyone has a property they think is suitable, tell them to give Play Blue a shout," he said.

The owners, who run an online business called playblue.ie and currently have another adult store called Scandalous, in Kilkenny, had originally intended on opening a store on Richmond Road, Drumcondra, on Wednesday.

However, a public protest on Monday convinced the sex shop operators to hand back the keys of the building to auctioneer, Vincent Kelly, who bought the lease and is set to sub-lease the property.

Mr Kelly said that the deal was put through without his auctioneer business, Kelly- Bradshaw-Dalton, realising what they were letting happen.

"It was a mistake that slipped through and it certainly won't happen again. We'll be looking to lease to a business more suitable for the area," he said.

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