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Doolan: Campaign for Bewleys to be stepped up

26 November, 2004

Sinn Féin Representative for Dublin South East, Councillor Daithí Doolan has today indicated that the campaign to keep Bewleys open, "will be stepped up over the next few days."

Speaking in Dublin this morning Councillor Doolan said:

"Following a successful meeting in the Mansion House last night we have decided to step up the campaign on all fronts. The response to the public launch earlier this week has been great and we now call on the owners, Cambells, to build on the good will shown and give a reprieve on the closure. This will allow us vital time to attract new investors. We intend to launch a petition on line, a website, meet with businesses and politicians and I have written to the Minister for Environment Dick Roche asking him to use his powers to guarantee a future for this Dublin icon.

We will also be raising the issue at City Council as a matter for the City Development Plan, it is imperative that as this city develops that indigenous industry and outlets such a Bewleys do not suffer at the hands of major multi national brand names."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan said he was, "the campaign is determined and focused on keeping the doors of Bewleys open to the public. But if they do close we aim to have them open for business again as soon as possible." ENDS

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