Thursday 23 November 2017

Stay placed on High Court injunction at Dunnes Stores in Gorey

Dunne Stores, Gorey Shopping Centre closed until further notice.
Dunne Stores, Gorey Shopping Centre closed until further notice.
Dunne Stores, Gorey Shopping Centre closed until further notice; sign on the store window.

Aodhan O Faolain and Saurya Cherfi

A two month stay has been placed on a High Court injunction linked to the closure of a branch of Dunnes Stores to the public last week.

Dunnes Stores closed the branch, at Gorey Shopping Centre in Co Wexford, last Thursday after the High Court granted an injunction preventing the company from continuing to use a door that opened directly onto the centre’s car park.

The injunction was obtained by Paul McCann of Grant Thornton, who was appointed by AIB as receiver to run the centre.

Mr Justice Brian McGovern granted the injunction preventing Dunnes Stores from using the door that directly opened onto the car park as an entrance to the store. It was also ordered that the only entrance that could be used was the main entrance to the shopping centre.   

Lawyers for the receiver argued the use of the door was a breach of Dunnes’ lease obligations and the net effect was that customers could bypass smaller traders in the shopping centre.

Dunnes Store had opposed the application, and urged the court not to grant the injunction.

Today at the High Court, Mr Justice Donald Binchey was informed that both sides were consenting to the injunction being stayed for a period of two months.

This the court heard was to allow the two sides, and other stakeholders, engage with each other.

The judge agreed to the place the stay on the injunction till July 24th next.

Approximately 100 people are employed by Dunnes Stores at the Co Wexford store.

The closure of the store to the public had been criticised by trade Union Mandate which represents the workers.

Staff in Dunnes Stores in Gorey were later told by management that the store is to reopen from tomorrow.

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