21 March 2017

Labour Party spokesperson on Labour Affairs and Workers’ Rights, Senator Ged Nash, has paid tribute to the Dublin Lord Mayor, Brendan Carr, and the SIPTU Trade Union for securing a deal with the new Clerys owner that will benefit the former workers.

Senator Nash said:

“I want to congratulate my colleague, Labour Party Councillor and Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr for securing an agreement between the new owners of the Clerys’ building and SIPTU which will benefit both those who lost their jobs when the department store was closed in June 2015, and those who will work in the new development on this historic site on our nation’s main street.

“As a result of the Lord Mayor’s intervention the former Clerys workers, who have campaigned with great dignity and honour, will now receive a degree of justice.

“This is a welcome development and illustrates that it is never too late to do the right thing.

“The ultimate reward for the former Clerys workers alongside whom I continue to campaign will be to secure the changes to the law that I have proposed in order to make sure that a repeat of a Clerys type insolvency with workers and small businesses left high and dry cannot be allowed to occur again.

“This is an important win and a landmark on the road to justice for the Clerys workers.”

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