Dunnes Stores plan to keep their Cornelscourt branch in Dublin open all night on 23 December.

Dunnes Stores in Cornelscourt Shopping Centre in Cabinteely, Dublin plan to remain open to shoppers for 24 hours on 23 December.

'Tis most definitely the season to be shopping.

Dunnes Stores grocery manager Eddie Kane says the Cornelscourt store is meeting a demand to provide a more comfortable shopping experience for customers on what is traditionally their busiest day of the year.

Keeping the store open for 24 hours will also assist people who work unsocial hours such as bar staff and taxi drivers, enabling them to shop when they finish work.

The plan is proving popular with staff as the late shift is already oversubscribed,

People want Christmas Eve off and they're happy to work the night shift.

Mandate union official Kay Kearns has concerns for staff health and safety, but also worries,

This type of initiative is leading to further casualisation of the retail sector.

Local residents are unhappy with the lack of consultation about the initiative and fear all night shopping will attract anti social behaviour. One resident believes all night shopping is completely unnecessary,

If you can’t do your shopping up till 10 o’clock any night of the week, you shouldn’t be out shopping at all.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 12 December 1996. The reporter is Roisín Duffy.