25% of Derry shoppers are from ROI – VAT hike set to boost city further

Comments today from the chief executive of Derry’s Chamber of Commerce underline the severe impact the government's 2% VAT increase may have on Donegal businesses

Sinead McLaughlin said a quarter of cars in the city’s Foyleside shopping centre car parks last weekend had Republic of Ireland registration plates, most of them from Co Donegal.

Ms McLaughlin believes that the VAT increase will result in more people from Donegal shopping to Derry: