Irish retailers face winter of discontent after UK closures
Industry believes up to 40% of stores will go bust without State help
Grafton Street in Dublin, the 13th most expensive shopping street in the world. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien
It has become a humorous internet meme to point out changes in the environment spurred by global lockdowns, and conclude that the planet is renewing itself. Odd sights such as wild goats taking over a Welsh seaside town or jellyfish swimming up the freshly-clean waters of a Venice canal are signs of “healing”.
On Sunday, an illustration of the existential threat to Ireland’s shuttered retail industry became wrapped up in the meme. Martyn Rosney, a public-relations executive, tweeted a picture of cobblestones on the 13th most expensive shopping street in the world: “Grass is growing on Grafton Street. Nature is healing.”