Dublin Riots

After the destruction, the long, painful clean-up begins

Business owners saw their premises smashed and looted but are determined not to let the thugs win

Co-Owners Sunil Shah and Paul Gallagher after inspecting the amage to the Asics store on O’Connell Street, Dublin after riots that took place on Thursday. Pictures: Barry Cronin

As Sunil Shah stepped through where the window should have been in his O’Connell Street Asics store, words escaped him.

Paul Gallagher, his business partner, had to step in to fill the silence. “Shock and horror,” he said.

“Sorry, we just came off the plane, parked the car and came here to see this,” Shah said.

The business partners, who also run the Skechers brand in Ireland, made it into Dublin city centre a couple ...