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Brouhaha Over Boards

Business owners in Dublin are up in arms over a plan to charge for the display of sandwich boards outside shops, cafés and restaurants. The boards can be an effective advertising tool for businesses around the city center’s narrow, winding streets – but they can also clutter pathways and make it difficult for those who use wheelchairs and the visually impaired. The city council will license the boards from September, 1 levying an annual charge of €630. Some business owners say the final cost to them could well be far higher, due to related application costs. Photo: Sam Boal/