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Regulations that hinder jobs in Ireland

13 June 2007 | Ireland | 2 Responses by paul savage.

An Bord Pleanála ( will be announcing whether IKEA (, the Swedish furniture company, will be allowed to build their 30,000sq m superstore at Ballymun in Dublin. Last October it was planning permission was approved by Fingal County Council, which was subsequently appealed (by a number of bodies, including the Greens) . In Ireland there is a regulatory restriction on the maximum floor space a retail premises can be. And this would be the main reason for stopping IKEA opening a store in Ireland. Because of their methods of operation, a store would need to be of this size to be viable. They cite storing and displaying their goods as the reason why such a large floorspace is needed. If this store goes ahead, it could bring up to 500 jobs in the Ballymun area (which it has to be said would be welcomed with open arms).

IKEA Ireland

So why is there such a problem with this rule ? Is it the lobbying from the small trades organisations ? Do they feel that they business is in jeopardy ? IKEA can offer great things to the Irish economy namely jobs and the availability of affordable furniture. Here is a typical example where the powers that be have been shooting themselves in the foot, with the topic of job creation. The mind boggles ! So with the new government having the Green Party on board, this saga might be drawn out for a bit longer.

EDIT : More in-depth can be found here : Irish Town Planners Blog

2 Responses

  1. paul.savage said on 15 Jun 2007 at 4:07 pm

    Well it seems that IKEA got the go ahead ! more can be found on This is great news !!

  2. Irish Job News - News on Jobs for Ireland » 11,000 people for 300 IKEA Jobs said on 31 Jul 2007 at 11:01 am

    […] An estimated 11 thousand people turned out for interviews over the weekend for a mere 300 jobs at the Swedish furniture giant, IKEA ( This is for the new store opening at the Hollywood Exchange in Belfast. Crazy isn’t it ? I can’t get my head as to why so many people would want to work there. But with further investigation it seems that IKEA are a great company to work for. via Concentration of the Wealthy  , it says that IKEA pay higher wages than their competitors and offer benefits and generous wages. So does anyone know what wages they offer ? We also wonder when they will open their Dublin store. […]

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