Saturday, 13 June 2015
Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the retail sector, today said the sudden closure of Clerys in Dublin was a devastating blow to staff and would leave the capital without one of its most loved and iconic stores.
Retail Ireland Director Thomas Burke said: "The closure of Clerys is a crushing blow to the many workers that have lost their jobs. It is important that they get all the support they need to find new roles and opportunities. The capital city, and O'Connell St in particular, is also diminished by the loss of such a landmark store.
"The priority now is provide new opportunities for those out of work and protect the rest of the country's retail jobs. Despite the recovery, jobs continue to be lost. Karen Millen and Ladbrokes are two other recent casualties that highlight the fragile nature of the industry.
"The Government has a crucial role to play in creating a vibrant sector, with the potential to create many thousands of new jobs. The upcoming budget must put more money in the pockets of consumers by reducing tax. We also need new measures focused on making city and town centres better places to visit, and more attractive to consumers."