Who's buying Ireland: Spirit of change

Tim Martin, the man behind giant English pub chain JD Wetherspoon, wants to shake up the Irish market, but he's adamant that his firm's arrival won't call time on struggling Irish pubs, writes Ian Kehoe.

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Ian Kehoe

22nd December, 2013
Tim Martin, chairman of JD Wetherspoon: People may not buy furniture or forgo a new car,but they'll still come out for a couple of pints.' Picture: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Tim Martin likes to dress shambolically. Baggy jeans, creased T-shirts and rumbled old jumpers. Martin claims that his laissez-faire approach to fashion stems from his inability to get clothes to fit him - he stands an imposing six foot six inches tall, and is almost as broad as he is wide.

Yet you can't help but feel there is more to Martin's wardrobe that limited availability. In a sense, an everyday image fits the persona...

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