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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Former workers angry at Clerys reopening as a bag drop for shoppers

Susie Gaynor-McGovern and John Finn take part in the Clerys protest on North Earl Street in Dublin Photo: Gerry Mooney
Susie Gaynor-McGovern and John Finn take part in the Clerys protest on North Earl Street in Dublin Photo: Gerry Mooney

Ryan Nugent

Staff who lost their job at the Clerys department store are angry that it is open again to allow shoppers to store their bags.

Part of the store has reopened for the Christmas period as part of an initiative in association with Dublin Town to provide seasonal shoppers with the option of storing some of their bags as they roam around the city.

Dublin Town CEO Richard Guiney said that the owners of the property responded to their request for free space.

"It allows people to basically drop their bags off; they don't have to lug them around so they can leave them there and come back and collect them the following day," Mr Guiney said.

Former shop steward Gerry Markey said they were yet to meet with the building's new owner Deirdre Foley - 18 months after they were made redundant.

"She has opened the door and that's the reason why we're going up there today, we're just letting her know that we're still here," he said as a group protested outside the store.

"It shouldn't be opened at all until they meet with us, we haven't been given closure since June last year."

Irish Independent

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