LIVE: Gardai arrive at Dublin beauty salon as owner reopens despite restrictions

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The owner of a north Dublin salon that reopened despite lockdown restrictions has said that she is “taking a stand” on her behalf.

Gardai are currently at the C and N Beauty Rooms in Balbriggan that opened its doors to customers this morning.

Level Five restrictions say all non-essential retail and services including hairdressers, beauticians, and barbers must remain closed.

But owner Christine McTiernan said she opened her salon “purely for survival”.

She told Newstalk’s Kacey O’Riordan this morning: “I have to put food on the table. I have to pay my rent. All my bills have to be paid.

“What is happening does not stop my bills from coming so I have to pay them. So yes, it is purely for survival I am doing this.”

A sign on the shop window says she has a Constitutional right to provide for her family.

She said: “I find it absolutely necessary for me to open my business both for our benefit and for the common good.

“I accept and acknowledge that the Constitution recognises all my rights – including the right to earn a living and provide for my family.

“I need to earn a living to pay my bills and in order to provide for our mental and physical health and wellbeing.”

A garda spokesman told Dublin Live that officers are currently at the salon but no further information is available at this time.

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Source: Dublin News