Fourteen months after the Irish scrapped their currency and embraced the euro, the Superquinn chain went back to the punt last week and business boomed.
The company said it had opted to accept old Irish notes and coins for three days at its 19 stores, following requests from customers. Local banks no longer provide an exchange service, with the result that anyone seeking to swap punts for euros now has to go to the Central Bank in Dublin.
The Central Bank recently estimated there could be as much as IR£336m still in circulation.
The Superquinn experience supported that view, with a brisk trade reported over the three days.

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