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Worrying developments with Debenhams Retail Ireland – Quinlivan

12 May, 2016 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Jobs, Maurice Quinlivan TD has voiced his concern at the news that the High Court has appointed an Interim Examiner to Debenhams Retail (Ireland).

Deputy Quinlivan said.

“Debenhams employs 1415 people. That there are potentially 1415 jobs at risk is very worrying. Every effort must be made to ensure that as many jobs as possible are protected. I am calling on the Interim Examiner to save as many jobs as possible.

“Despite all the talk of recovery  we are still seeing pressures in the retail sector – even in institutions like Debenhams. We mustn’t forget the actions of the owners of Clerys whose actions led to 440 workers losing their jobs.

“As Debenhams have 11 stores, this will potentially affect workers right across the state which is the last thing that many towns and cities need.

“As anchor tenants in many shopping centres, if they leave it could be potentially a threat to the centre itself. There we have to be mindful of the potential knock-on-consequences.

“I am calling on Minister for Jobs, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor, to make every effort to minimise job loss and to ensure that this issue will be a priority for her new portfolio.”

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