Boost for jobless as city gets string of new stalls
BUDDING entrepreneurs have been invited to submit proposals for new food, drink and gift stalls throughout the capital.
Dublin City Council has made the request as it seeks to open up a string of new and lucrative locations to casual traders.
And the local authority is expected to be inundated with applications, given the amount of people currently out of a job.
The council said it is "currently considering the designation of a number of new sought after street trading locations with earning potential".
"To this end, a sub-committee of the arts, culture, leisure and youth affairs strategic policy committee (SPC) has been formed to discuss and review the Casual Trading Bye-Laws 2003.
"Part of this review is to identify and include additional trading locations around the city," it added.
The council said expressions of interest are now invited from applicants for sites including Ranelagh Triangle, Sandymount Promenade and Harcourt Street.
Outside the Irish Life Centre on Abbey Street, the entrance to the IFSC on Amien Street and Heuston Station have all been identified as locations for hot and cold food, including confectionery.
Flower stalls have been earmarked for the top of Grafton Street and O'Connell Street.
As part of the review of bye-laws, the council will consider the fees imposed on street sellers.
The council is proposing to add six extra night-time trading locations.
The council has already carried out a review of existing casual trading areas where goods like flowers, books, paintings and other items are sold.
One of the difficulties highlighted included the Grafton Street area where local businesses lodged continuous objections against street traders.
The council revealed the businesses requested the zone be "de-designated" as a place for street traders.
The area includes Anne Street South, Duke Street, Harry Street, Lemon Street and Wicklow Street.
The closing date for receipt of expressions of interest in the new sites is 12 noon on February 25 next. For further information, visit www.dublincity.ie