The Society of St Vincent de Paul have four new shops located in Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, Malahide in County Dublin as well as Greystones in Wicklow and Kilcullen in Co Kildare.
Dermot McGilloway, Director of Shops for the Dublin Region commented, 
"We are reacting to demand for our services in local communities, and we have several more shops in the pipeline. We provide access to our services through our shops and this demand has risen significantly in recent times."

The Irish Cancer Society has also opened four new shops recently. The latest is their new furniture shop in Cork which opens today in Cornmarket Street. 
Paul Hughes, General Manager-Retail for the ICS says,
" Despite the slight downturn in trading the Irish Cancer Society sees this as a time of opportunity. We are currently in the planning stage for several more shops and will continue to open new shops in the future. "
Other ICS shops have also opened recently in Tralee and Castlebar. The shop in Drogheda has moved to a new location in West St and all are trading well.

The latest addition to the Oxfam Ireland chain is a new shop in Mullingar which is also due to open today.

Trevor Anderson, Head of Retail for Oxfam Ireland is in an optimistic mood!
"Mullingar is our 49th shop across the island and I hope it won't be too long before we reach the 50 mark."

So, despite the recession, these three charities have opened a total of nine new shops recently. Maybe we are seeing those green shoots at last!