Wednesday 23 October 2019

Fresh case after 460 job losses at Clerys

Picture: PA
Picture: PA

Tom Tuite

Fresh charges have been brought against a director of the former owners of Clerys over the handling of collective redundancies at the iconic Dublin department store.

OCS Operations Ltd petitioned the High Court for liquidation on June 12, 2015. This was followed by the collective redundancies in which 460 people lost their jobs, 130 of whom were directly employed by Clerys, which was later bought by Natrium Ltd.

Yesterday Niamh Tuite, the solicitor acting for the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) and the Enterprise Minister, told Dublin District Court that the new charges were against James Brydie, a director of OCS Operations (now in liquidation).

Mr Brydie, with an address at Kingsmere Road, London, faces six charges.

He is accused of impeding and giving false or misleading information to a WRC inspector as well as four counts of breaking protection of employment laws.

Ms Tuite said the case was linked to another prosecution already before the court.

She said the accused lived in the UK but that there had been "substituted service" of the summonses at the office of a law firm in Dublin.

Mr Brydie was not present and had no legal representation during the hearing yesterday. Ms Tuite asked Judge John Brennan to adjourn the case to allow him to be notified again and to have "a final opportunity" to appear before the court.

Judge John Brennan adjourned the case until April 9 next.

Irish Independent

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