Return of pawnbroker brass balls is a sign of the times

After remaining steady for many years , the number of licensed pawnbrokers operating in Ireland has risen as businesses display a revived interest in the sector, driven by an increase in the number of cash-strapped consumers.

20th November, 2010

After remaining steady for many years , the number of licensed pawnbrokers operating in Ireland has risen as businesses display a revived interest in the sector, driven by an increase in the number of cash-strapped consumers.

John Shine, director of consumer practices with the National Consumer Agency (NCA), said there had been a stream of enquiries from potential pawn broking businesses recently.

Until recently, just three pawnbrokers - all based in Dublin city centre - were...

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