Another vacant shop on Parliament Street

The city’s Parliament Street has been hit with another vacant premises with the closure of Hackett’s bookmakers this month.

The city’s Parliament Street has been hit with another vacant premises with the closure of Hackett’s bookmakers this month.

This brings to six the number of empty premises within a minute’s walking distance, spanning from the former Lifestyle Sports to the Chambers Inn.

Although the newly opened adjacent Lifestyle Sports and the long-term traders Ó Mórda boutique and King’s Shoes are still open for business, they are now in the midst of several vacant premises, including the former Bailey pub, the boarded-up Magnums bar and the Chambers Inn, whose window has been smashed.

Kilkenny Borough Council has approved planning permission to turn the former ACC Bank building into a restaurant, office and apartment, but that permission was only granted last month.