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Ciara Fennell and Shane Linnie outside their tent in Dublin city centre. Photograph:  Damien Eagers

The number sleeping rough in Dublin fell to just 25 in March, but is now over 100 a night. With many services closed by the pandemic, their plight (...)

A trainee Santa at The Ministry of Fun’s Summer School at Southwark Cathedral, London, which aims to create Covid-safe Christmas grottos. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

While Christmas 2020 has not been cancelled – at least not yet – Covid-19 has significantly curtailed the festive spending season in two of Dublin’s l(...)

 Marian O’Gorman of Kilkenny Design Centre: ‘The lack of tourists has taken 30 per cent straight out of the business.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On March 16th, the Kilkenny Group should have been coping with one of its busiest periods of the year. The St Patrick’s festival usually draws 500,000(...)

Shops have reopened but these are uncertain, unusual times for consumers and retailers alike. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Looking at video clips of queues outside popular shops like Ikea and Penneys, observers could be forgiven for thinking that the retail sector is thriv(...)

Shoppers queue as Brown Thomas was due to reopen on Wednesday morning. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Moments before Brown Thomas on Grafton Street opened its doors for the first time since the middle of March a man wearing a face mask shuffled towards(...)

Richard Barron, managing director of Pamela Scott, outside the store in Frascati Shopping Centre in Blackrock, Co Dublin, said the Irish retail model has been ‘broken’ by Covid-19.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Screens at tills, reduced access to changing rooms and queue management are among the measures being introduced by Irish retailers in preparation for (...)

With economic activity coming to a shuddering halt and major employers   announcing they will not reopen, there are huge fears here for employment. Photograph: iStock

Innovative thinking, agility and speed of response are key characteristics required to successfully deal with the challenges of coronavirus. A new ta(...)

Local management of Brown Thomas and Arnotts confirmed that staff had been informed of the reopening schedule, but insisted it would at all times adhere to the Government’s schedule. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Parts of the department stores, Brown Thomas and Arnotts, will reopen to shoppers next week on June 10th and 11th respectively, weeks earlier than had(...)

Kirstie Keohane in the Yarra Valley in Victoria. She is disappointed at how the Australian government is treating backpackers

When Denise Daly arrived in Australia last November, she never imagined living in a working hostel with 80 other backpackers during a pandemic. But w(...)

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 i(...)

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