Irish Republican Socialist Part (IRSP) activist Stephen Cummins has condemned HECF; a multinational property assets firm for its comments on removing street traders from Grafton Street in Dublin to reduce “street clutter” and has went on to say the firm is out of touch with Dublin’s famous history and culture.
“Street traders have been working on the streets of Dublin for hundreds of years and bring a feeling of warmth and friendliness to the streets and local shopping districts. Going into the city centre especially coming up to Christmas time, whether going to get a deal of flowers or chocolates. They work long hours come rain, wind or shine. They are an indispensable part of our history and culture and more importantly of special importance to the working class history of our capital.”
These recent developments have been part of an ongoing unwanted development of Dublin City centre in recent years by international property developers, who a few years ago, planned to knock down the historically significant Moore Street.
Stephen went on to say, “I don’t think a global real estate firm, that hold global assets around the world and whose purpose is to invest in inner city locations globally, and bring city streets and buildings into the high end scale of the global shopping market would have any compassion for street traders. To them they are an obstacle in achieving a high end district that only benefits the wealthy.”
The IRSP support the street traders of Dublin, and we ask the people of Dublin to come out and support them, whatever way necessary.