Friday 15 December 2017

Foley appeals in row over inspectors' probe into Clerys jobs

Deirdre Foley, director and owner of D2 Private Limited
Deirdre Foley, director and owner of D2 Private Limited

Aodhan O'Faolain

Deirdre Foley and D2 Private will return to court in the new year in the legal row over inspectors investigating the redundancies of workers at Clerys department store.

They have appealed the High Court's decision to dismiss their challenge against powers used by the inspectors.

In his judgment last October, Mr Justice Michael Twomey dismissed their action.

This cleared the way for inspectors appointed by the Workplace Relations Committee to continue with their probe.

In his decision, the judge said he did not see "any basis" for interfering with the investigation, or for making orders directing that a laptop and documents seized from the D2 offices last May be returned.

It has now emerged investment company D2 and Ms Foley have lodged an appeal against Mr Justice Twomey's findings.

Investment company D2 Private Ltd and Ms Foley had disputed the powers of the inspectors to search the D2 offices and take the materials, which they said was "wholly unlawful".

The WRC and the inspectors argued the decision to enter D2's offices was a legitimate one made in the public interest.

Irish Independent

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