Several Dublin city center businesses will close earlier this weekend, alleging staff safety concerns following major riots amid large crowds of partygoers leading to Friday’s arrest. at night.
The incidents occurred in the downtown downtown area at several locations, including South William Street, St. Stephen’s Green and Temple Bar Square.
Scenes in these areas were quieter on Saturday morning, but Dublin City Hall staff could be seen washing the streets, while the smell of alcohol and urine remained palpable.
Richard Hanlon, owner of Brew 42 on South William Street, formerly Busyfeet and Coco Cafe, said Friday night his business was at “the epicenter of the storm.”
“I told my clients that they were bringing me the tables because I could hear people starting to come up around 8:30 pm and I thought‘ this is going to start, ’” he said.
“It simply came to our notice then. You could really hear that sound wave. Twenty minutes later, the police came and pushed all those people here. There was a confrontation with the police where there were a lot of people here and up in the trees, and there was that moment of stillness. Then they started throwing bottles.
“It was a continuous rally where these guys went with ghetto bombs and just gained momentum. They all carry cans and bottles. It’s snowballs. It’s like the Piper Piper. It was police mismanagement. That never happened. it should have allowed it to happen.
“As soon as this started to accelerate with the police, the clubs and everything, we ended up leaving everything and closing.
“I did not want to leave until midnight. I was the last person here. I wanted to go out, but there were a few elusive people. I don’t want to try to close the blinds and get a bottle in the back of my head. All you need is a clown. “
Cleaning continued on South William Street on Saturday morning.
Down the street, Daniel Smith, a bartender at the Grogan pub, said businesses in the area were “terrified” by the crowd.
“It’s not okay,” he said.
“There are a lot of companies on this street – and very good family owned companies – working people who are terrified at their doors.
“It’s been an awful, horrible fortnight. They are trying to open their business again and are being terrorized and intimidated into their home. They will be forced to close their businesses at 2 pm on a Saturday ”.
Smith said his father has owned the business for 30 years and was “upset” to see what was happening in the area.
“People are devastated,” he said. “This is a beautiful area. Here you have a lovely clientele, not only in the pubs, but also in the shops, under normal circumstances.
“But the people here aren’t the people who have been socializing in this area for years. They’ve come into this area for whatever reason at the moment, because it looks like a central party.
“My father has been here for 30 years. It’s not nice to see people you’ve known out there for years who are so upset. Our customers will not want to enter this area if there are people like this around. It’s intimidating. “
“A public urinal”
On the corner of Drury Street, Sophie McDonald, cafeteria manager at Industry and Co., said the company had changed its schedules this weekend to “adjust to it.”
“Cleaning every morning,” he said. “We had to incorporate staff every morning early to make sure it was scrubbed and that the road was clean for customers. It’s a concern that this is costing us business. People who use the streets as a public urinal. it’s never nice. “
Laura Caffrey, co-owner of the Irish design shop, said staff have to deal with dirt and broken glass every morning.
A couple of doors down, Laura Caffrey, co-owner of the Irish design shop, said every morning staff are greeted with “spilled drinks, defecation and broken glass” as they open.
“We have to sweep and whitewash the street every morning,” he said.
“Your feet stick to the street as you walk.
“We all plan to close soon because once the afternoon comes it only changes. The kind of people around. It doesn’t let people in. Not inviting, so we will close at 4pm instead of 6pm. Several businesses here are not even open.
“We have the expense of having staff and trying to take care of them and make sure they are safe leaving and coming home in the evening. We can’t make them walk away in the middle of madness. There is just a different feeling in the city. “
Across the road at the Cezanne hairdresser, manager Sarah Milner said she would also close the doors earlier this weekend.
“We would normally close around 5pm, but today we close at 3pm,” he said. “I had to call customers to arrive earlier, because last week I couldn’t leave the house. It was like an electric picnic or something. There were people everywhere. And also the dirt.
“It’s been preparing for a couple of weeks. It’s not something that just happened this week. “
Milner said the problem was not limited to weekends. “It’s all week,” he said. “Butcher’s at the Castle Market on Monday night.”
He said people defecated on the street. “Anything that can come out,” he continued. “Last Saturday morning, large piles of vomit here,” he said, pointing to the door of his premises.
“It’s dirty! Our customers are nervous to enter. We have a good established clientele, they come into town, they do their hair, they do their nails, they shop and eat in the city. This is not happening now. Now they are afraid to enter. We have a huge clientele in the county; they will not arrive.
“One of the businesses on the other side of the road, his son was attacked as he was leaving the premises and his window was shattered. It was Thursday night. He had to put dots under his chin. You just feel nervous walking away.
“Just from Tony Holohan’s tweet last week, I don’t think anyone would have heard us.”