Council takes away 17 signs from outside Temple Bar premises
Dublin City Council has removed more than a dozen advertising sandwich boards from premises around Temple Bar.
A spokesman said the council had removed 17 boards from outside the businesses on Tuesday.
And it has told the owners can only have them back if they pay at least €63.
One owner who had a sign taken from outside his shop said his sales have fallen 33pc from what they were in 2008, and he uses the signs to attract precious footfall.
Kieron Maguire, the owner of Temple Bar Pharmacy, said: "The signs are to increase footfall and a lot of our business is passing trade."
He said his business has been "hit hard" in the past six years.
Mr Maguire told the Herald he received a notice from the council warning him it was going to remove the signs.
He has run his pharmacy in Temple Bar for almost 10 years and said the signs were removed on one previous occasion.
"They once before took away the advertising signs, but it hasn't really been an issue," he said.
The council said it had sent out notices to a number of businesses in the busy tourist area before taking the step to remove the signs.
A spokesman said: "Dublin City Council issued 80 notices to businesses in Temple Bar on September 2, 2014.
"This notice informed the business owners that the ad boards are unauthorised and must be removed.
"If not, Dublin City Council would remove them."
Mr Maguire said his rates have increased by 50pc, even though all of his other costs associated with running his business have gone down.