Foley to tell Dublin City Council of offer to retrain former Clerys' workers
The new owner of the Clerys building is expected to submit proposals this week in response to a demand from Dublin City Council that it promote local employment both during and after the redevelopment of the historic department store.
The Sunday Independent understands OCS Properties, which is headed up by businesswoman Deirdre Foley, will inform Dublin city planner Mary Conway that it intends to work with local groups and politicians to offer retraining to former Clerys workers who remain unemployed.
The company is also expected to offer apprenticeships to youths living within Clerys' immediate environs.
It is not anticipated that any commitment will be given to employ former Clerys workers at the redeveloped Clerys premises however, as those decisions will be solely within the gift of the building's new office and retail tenants. It is understood OCS Properties will provide employers taking space at the former department store with a list of the names of former Clerys employees for their consideration when hiring.
OCS Properties is also expected in its submission to express its willingness to discuss its plans for the Clerys redevelopment with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor.
The offer is expected to be made in the context of the Taoiseach's commitment to a 10-year plan for the regeneration of Dublin's north inner-city area.
Sunday Indo Business