Tuesday 6 December 2016

‘What people came in and did that?’ – Ryan Tubridy slams ‘disrespectful’ treatment of Clerys workers

Published 15/06/2015 | 10:10

DEVASTATED: Former employee Shirley Brown
Former Clerys employees march to protest outside the iconic store on Dublins O'Connell street. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 13/6/15
Former Clerys employees march to protest outside the iconic store on Dublins O'Connell street. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 13/6/15
Former Clerys employees march to protest outside the iconic store on Dublins O'Connell street. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 13/6/15
Former Clerys employees outside the iconic store on Dublins O'Connell street. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 13/6/15
Former Clerys employee Susie Gaynor-McGowan pictured outside the store in O'Connell street Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 13/6/15

RTE presenter Ryan Tubridy has rallied behind the Clerys workers who lost their jobs on Friday.

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Staff at the iconic O’Connell Street store found out on Friday the shop was to cease trading immediately.

Speaking on his show on RTE 2FM this morning, he spoke about the iconic status the store had in Dublin:

“I was quite taken aback by Clerys, such an iconic shop in Dublin, and I don’t think you have to be from Dublin to get how big it is.

“Whatever about ‘I’ll meet you under the Clerys’ clock’ - I’ve never met anyone in my life under the Clerys’ clock - I think another generation did once.”

He said that the former workers of the store were treated ‘disrespectfully’ in the manner they found out their jobs were gone.

Former Clerys employees march to protest outside the iconic store on Dublins O'Connell street. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 13/6/15
Former Clerys employees march to protest outside the iconic store on Dublins O'Connell street. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 13/6/15

“There are people listening to us this morning who up until last Friday were working in Clerys, and they don’t want to be listening to us they want to be in work.

“I saw them on the news, they’re distraught and they’re shell-shocked

Former Clerys employees outside the iconic store on Dublins O'Connell street. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 13/6/15
Former Clerys employees outside the iconic store on Dublins O'Connell street. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 13/6/15

“Could you imagine? Some of them found about the closure of the shop and the loss of their job on Facebook.

“Who does that? What people came in and did that? And treated them like.... treated them so disrespectfully? It’s not a nice story, it’s not a pretty story and hopefully there’s a happier ending to it than the one that appears to be going on there.”

Staff leaving Clerys on O'Connell street
Staff leaving Clerys on O'Connell street

He also spoke about O’Connell Street itself, and how it needs to be revitalised ahead of the 1916 commemorations.

“If I could be in charge of O’Connell Street for year I would be the O’Connell Street tsar. First of all I would get one of those power hoses. That’s what I’d love to do.

“I’d love to fix it, because it’s a beautiful street, and it’s an historic street. It’s our national, our Champs-Elysee, but we treat it like a back alley somewhere which his terrible.

“It’s going to be the centre piece of the   most important celebration in this country’s history in little under a year’s time, but still it looks unloved and unappreciated too much. 

“I know people are trying, but it just need an almighty cleanup and love. And hopefully someone will get up and do that in time.”

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