Valuable Clerys crests removed after theft
OCS Properties, the owners of the former Clerys department store, have removed all the store's metal crests over fears they might be stolen or vandalised.
It follows the robbery of a crest worth a reported €3,000 before Christmas. According to OCS, the decision followed discussions with Dublin City Council about threats to other crests on the building and publicity over their value.
The crests will be preserved and are likely to be restored to the building after it undergoes a €150m redevelopment.
Last week, Siptu appealed over An Bord Pleanala decision to grant planning permission for the project. The city council gave the go-ahead last month for the transformation of the store into a six-storey retail and office scheme. It followed 67 objections, with unions and politicians reflecting the concerns of sacked Clerys workers, 460 of whom lost their jobs.
The plan, which spans 350,000 sq ft, includes a 176-bedroom hotel linked by a bridge to the O'Connell Street building. Documents lodged with the council by OCS Properties show the Project D1 development will create 3,990 jobs.
It is now 19 months since the controversial closure of the store after 162 years.
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