A shopping boom in Dublin and surrounding counties over the next five to 10 years will require "significant additional retail space", according to a new retail planning report. The report, commissioned by seven local authorities in the Greater Dublin Area, predicts 80% growth in retail sales in the next decade, "far exceeding expectations for any other European country". It says major shopping developments will be needed in Dublin city, the docklands and suburbs, and in Counties Meath, Wicklow and Kildare. The consultants behind the report have already come under fire for recommending that the controversial Liffey Valley shopping complex at Quarryvale, County Dublin, be upgraded to a town centre for the rapidly expanding area. Two years ago, an application to double the size of the centre was rejected on appeal by the Irish Planning Board, because of congestion fears. A major Tesco store planned for the centre was abandoned. {{NEWS }}