One of the city’s most prolific markets has hit out at the changing economic landscape of Dublin, remarking that there is increasing difficulty with securing a permanent space.
The Dublin Flea Market was previously hosted at Newmarket alongside a host of other markets, before they were forced to move out of their long-running premises earlier this year due to a redevelopment of the locality.
Dublin Flea, alongside a range of other Sunday markets – including Fusion Sundays, Brocante, Newmarket Collective and Pure Vintage Fair – were seeking to rent a space, having recently been in discussion to rent a warehouse in Inchicore on a ten-year lease.
However, in a post on Facebook, Dublin Flea said: “We could see the future – community centre, co-working spaces, event space, cafe and a market hub at the weekend.
“After six weeks of playing the estate agent bidding game, we lost it to another party who had better credit history than us. A safer option.”
One of Dublin’s most popular and well-known markets, Dublin Flea criticised a “lack of support” from Dublin City Council, the OPW and local community organisations in the post, saying they “have been turned away by all”.
In a statement to Dublin Gazette, Dublin City Council said: “Dublin City Council acknowledges and recognises the significant positive impact that the Dublin Flea Market and all Sunday markets held in Newmarket, Dublin 8 has had on Dublin 8 over the last ten years.
“They have helped define the character of the area. We certainly want to see the Sunday Market Collective stay in the area and have helped and will continue to help them as we can.
“It is the Council’s ambition that Newmarket will continue to be a location for markets once the public realm plan and the planned extensive private sector redevelopment of the square is completed.
The Area Office is not in a position to offer alternative premises to the Sunday Market Collective, whose requirements are quite specific.
“Therefore our efforts have been to provide information, knowledge of potential suitable premises and support where possible as the markets seek an alternative location.
“However the Council is also conscious that the markets collective have their own clear ideas of their requirements and the direction of their businesses.
“Nevertheless our staff in both The Liberties and Kilmainham have pursued a number of possible locations for the markets collective and will continue to assist as and where we can.
They also slammed the changing landscape of the city centre, and the ever-increasing number of hotels, making it difficult for local, community-based operations to continue surviving in the capital.
“We really have tried, and we will continue to try, but the economic landscape of this city is changing fast.
“Dublin – our much-loved vibrant cultural capital – is in serious danger of turning into a corporate, commercial, tourist attraction.
“Every street corner has a new hotel or student accommodation – which operate as hotels in the summer months, so are basically the same thing. And if it’s not a hotel, it’s a damn tourist souvenir shop.”
In the lengthy statement, Dublin Flea also remarked that a number of other notable, major Dublin markets have been forced to close their doors in recent months.
The market has also said that the lack of housing in the city is forcing the capital to become “unliveable and unlovable”.
Dublin Flea said: “In Dublin we have seen the closure of seven weekend markets this summer [including] Rumble in the Jumble, The New Market Collective and the Grand Social’s Hapenny Market.
“This is unacceptable. A city with no housing and no markets is not a city. Dublin is becoming unliveable and unlovable.
“There is a housing crisis, but all that is being built is accommodation for tourists. We need accommodation and we need culture.
“We need housing and we need markets.”