The lights are on but nobody’s home as the nation’s shutters come down

Substantial emergency measures have been put in place to try to preserve jobs and businesses over the duration of the crisis and while they were widely welcomed, some business groups and associations are concerned at their potential implications

29th March, 2020
The lights are on but nobody’s home as the nation’s shutters come down
It‘s likely that further measures will be needed to help businesses recover. Picture: Shutterstock

As dusk fell on Dublin city centre last Wednesday, the stark reality of the economic paralysis into which the country had fallen moved sharply into focus. The lights were on, but everyone was at home.

The glass facades of the capital’s International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) gleamed as the red setting sun began to slip out of view further up the Liffey.

Before long, all that remained visible were the neon lights atop...

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