Friday 28 July 2017

Employment Minister Ged Nash writes to new Clerys owners to request that they meet workers who have been 'treated so coldly'

Clerys workers protest outside the front of the Clerys Department store earlier this week.
Clerys workers protest outside the front of the Clerys Department store earlier this week.

Niall O'Connor, Political Correspondent

BUSINESS and Employment Minister Ged Nash has written to the new owners of Clerys and requested that they meet the workers who have been “treated so coldly” in recent days.

In a letter to the bosses of UK firm Natrium, seen by independent.ie, Mr Nash said he wants to explore the prospect of re-employment for the 460 workers left jobless.

“This may be some consolation to the staff who have been treated so coldly over the past few days,” Mr Nash wrote.

“Finally, I would request that you meet with the workers themselves and their trade union representatives. They have many questions and I believe it is the right thing to do,” he added.

The Labour Party minister has sought his own meeting with Natrium bosses, who have bought the iconic O’Connell Street site from the Gordon brothers.

In the letter, Mr Nash said his concerns are shared by his Government colleagues, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny who has sought a report on the matter.

“I am anxious to hear your plans for the Clerys site, an iconic landmark building in the heart of the city centre,” he wrote.

“As the country prepares to celebrate the centenary of the 1916 Rising, O’Connell Street will be at the centre of those celebrations,” Mr Nash added.

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