Jack Quann
Jack Quann

10.08 26 May 2020


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The managing director of Des Kelly Interiors has hit out at a double standard, which saw homeware shops not able to open while hardware stores can.

Under the Government's plan to re-open the economy, such homeware stores can physically open their doors from June 8th.

However Greg Kelly told Newstalk Breakfast that some shops are flouting the rules.

"Everybody, like everybody else in the homewares, was ready to go on the 18th of May but they pulled the plug at the last minute on homewares for some reason".

"We're working behind closed doors when it comes to online and deliveries and some private appointments.

"You can buy a bed today and you can buy a wooden floor from retailers - so it's just not a level playing ground.

"It seems to be one rule for some and different rules for others.

"I can't get clarity on who's policing this from the Government offices."

"There's shops that are open that don't sell anything to do with hardware at all - the likes of beds or so forth - and they are open.

"But there is other stores open, flooring stores, that might sell a handful of tools in the corner to do with bathrooms or something and they're open full swing.

"We're one of the biggest wood floor and carpet companies in the whole of Dublin, and we remain closed like most reputable companies do".

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