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Dublin Christmas Market a success in attracting business to the city centre – Harris & Hayes

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During the first 15 days, 340,000 people attended the inaugural Dublin Christmas Market at St Stephen’s Green. Minister Simon Harris and Brian Hayes MEP met today with Richard Guiney, Chief Executive of DublinTown to discuss the success of this year’s market and look at options to extend the market in the future.

“DublinTown brought the idea of a Christmas Market to me when I was Minister for the OPW. Together we worked to secure approval for it. I am delighted to be here today and see that idea in real life.” said Dublin MEP, Brian Hayes

Speaking about the future of the Dublin Christmas Market, Minister for the OPW, Simon Harris said:

“I am pleased to hear that during the first weekend of the market, over 400 people were surveyed and 71% said that the market encouraged them to shop elsewhere in the city centre. I look forward to reviewing the impact of the Christmas market and continuing to do all that I can in order to promote the best possible Christmas experience for residents and visitors to the city.

Commenting on the success of the traditional Christmas Market, Richard Guiney, Chief Executive of DublinTown said:

“The market was created in direct response to requests by members of the public.  Surveys including Dublin City Council’s Your City Your Voice told us that there was an appetite for a Christmas Market. Bringing the market together has been a real team effort involving the business community, the OPW, Dublin City Council and the Gardaí.  Brian Hayes in particular was instrumental in the realisation of the market, and we are very grateful for the continued support of Minister Simon Harris.”

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