Wednesday 20 February 2019

Throwback to the '80s as hundreds queue for jobs

Crowds of people queue on at St Stephen's Green for 100 jobs available at Londis
Crowds of people queue on at St Stephen's Green for 100 jobs available at Londis
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

THE job queue snaked its way down past the luxury retail shops, as hundreds of professionals, graduates and students waited patiently in the hopes of nabbing one of the coveted positions.

The signs for the "open interview" for work in three new retail shops in the Dublin area had been erected only a few days earlier but it appeared word had spread rapidly.

From the top of St Stephen's Green, where the queue curled back down Grafton Street, Sharon Donnelly, from Portobello in Dublin, termed it a throwback to the 1980s.

"In 1986 there were jobs at a newsagents on Kildare Street, the queue went as far as Dail Eireann gates, we've gone back to it," she said, as her daughter, Leaving Certificate student, Niamh Donnelly (18), queued in the hope of part-time work.


There were upwards of 100 positions, between part-time and full-time work, to be filled at three new stores. The jobs varied between general cashiers to managerial roles with the potential for future promotions.

Seamus Griffin, from the Griffin Group, which employs around 350 people at its 16 Londis Stores, said they were getting people applying from "all walks of life".

He said many existing staff members had approached him about work for friends and family members who had lost their jobs and were looking for anything at all.

This includes one architect, and an electrician who would do any handyman jobs combined with general store work.

Brazilian students Lizia Borba (21) and Pedro Silva (22), who are in Ireland studying English, have been looking for work for three months.

In the beginning they had been carefully selecting what jobs to apply for but now they would take any work on offer.

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