Dunnes pays in full its commercial rates on County Wexford properties
Dunnes Stores has paid in full its commercial rates on all its premises in Wexford and Enniscorthy.
The county council said the rates, which include vacant stores in both towns, had been paid to the end of December last year.
Last September council chief executive Tom Enright said the Dunnes Stores buildings on the main commercial streets of Enniscorthy and Wexford town had been vacant for too long and the council had adopted a hardline approach, charging the retailer full rates of €30,000 per year for each store in a bid to encourage the group to either sell or lease the buildings.
'We have been putting pressure on Dunnes Stores to either sell or lease their (vacant) premises in County Wexford. We have charged full commercial rates and they have paid them,' Mr Enright said at the time.
So far there has been no move by Dunnes to re-open in Wexford town, although local councillors are anxious to see this happen. 'It has been holding up development on the main street for too long,' said former mayor Cllr George Lawlor.
'It's a blight on the town.' Dunnes could not be reached for comment.