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Saturday 21 October 2017

'People come up and ask us what's happened to our lovely street - it's dying'

Imelda (70) and Margaret (72) Buckley, sellling fish on Moore st. for over 50 years
Imelda (70) and Margaret (72) Buckley, sellling fish on Moore st. for over 50 years

Stallholders on Moore Street are sceptical of plans to overhaul the iconic open air market.

Fish-selling sisters Margaret and Imelda Buckley admit they are worried.

"Plans to put stalls back to back don't make sense so they should leave well enough alone," said Margaret (70).

"New street lanterns would be welcome. The whole street is dying and the council should do something," she said.

"Moore Street is the poor relation while Grafton Street and Temple Bar seemed to get power-hosed every couple of days - we have to wait forever for proper cleaning," she said.

Imelda (72) said "There's dreadful drug selling on the street. And there needs to be decent parking.

"We have Irish emigrants returning to Dublin asking us what happened to our lovely street. It's disgraceful nothing has been done."

Stallholder Paul Featherston Shannon (51) said business is getting worse.

"If a stall is empty, drinkers come along and sit on it and drink in front of everyone. But bollards are a good idea," he said.

> Alan O'Keeffe

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