“Jaysus, but I never thought this day would come,” said a man outside the Homebase hardware store on Dublin’s Naas Road as he collapsed his car’s back seats and stacked eight large panels of wooden fencing on top of one another.

He was beaming as he spoke and looked more like a little boy opening his Santa presents on Christmas Day than a middle aged man trying to fit the makings of a long and hard day’s work into a small car on a dreary and drizzly Monday morning in May.

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