Kalyans jewellings have defended their decision to shut down the shops, saying they are in a “business shutdown” after the new government passed the anti-sabotage legislation.
The Kalyani Jewelry and Art Galleries said the law would not help them.
“The state of emergency, if passed, will not bring the economy back.
The state of the economy is a very important factor for the economy,” they said in a statement.”
We are in this business shutdown mode to avoid any disruption to our business and are therefore unable to do any further business activities,” they added.
They said they had to make tough decisions for the future, but were hopeful the law will be repealed.
The new state of Emergency in Ireland was announced by the new Irish government on Wednesday and it came into effect on Thursday.
The law provides for up to three months in prison for anyone found guilty of “any criminal offence that constitutes an act of terrorism” or of “serious damage to the national security”.
The ban is intended to protect the public from terrorists and terrorists-related crime.
A number of small and medium-sized businesses have also been told to shut for up “up to one month”.
But the move has come under fire from small and mid-sized business owners and other workers, who say it will only lead to more jobs being lost.
In a statement, the owners of Kalyana jewelleries said they did not want to reopen and they were trying to stay open, despite the closure order.
“Kalyana will continue to work and produce in the event that there is an emergency, as it has done for the last three years,” they wrote.
“However, this is a business shutdown and we cannot let the customers go.”
The Kaleen Jewelry, Jewelry Boutique, Kalyane Jewelry & Art Galleria and Kalyannas Jewelry Group have all said they are still open, while Kalyas is still running a store in Kalynnaghlin, Co Wicklow.