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Micheál Martin: the Taoiseach was present for the opening of a new Penneys store in Tallaght this week

The Taoiseach opened a shop this week. It’s a fairly unusual occupation for any politician, but it’s specifically quite out of the ordinary day’s events for a Taoiseach to leave his office to congratulate a store for opening its doors.

In these difficult times, where retail especially is stressed post-Covid and strained with high energy bills, perhaps it was an attempt from Micheál Martin to strike a note of optimism. No one could accuse this ...