Criminal proceedings over Clery’s redundancies commence

Deirdre Foley, the woman behind the purchase of the Clerys building, faces a single charge of impeding a WRC inspector as well as three counts of breaking protection employment laws



13 April 2017

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Prosecutions instituted by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), have commenced over the handling of collective redundancies at Clery’s department store, RTÉ reports.

Businesswoman Deirdre Foley faces a single charge of impeding a WRC inspector as well as three counts of breaking protection employment laws.

Two other executives as well as the previous owners of OCS Operations Ltd (now in liquidation) and Natrium Ltd which took over the department store in 2015, have been served summonses.

Following submissions from the defence and prosecution at the Dublin District Court on Monday, Judge Brennan granted an adjournment until 19 May. None of the defendants have entered a plea yet.

Foley owns a 20% stake in Natrium Ltd and faces one charge which alleges that it was with her consent or connivance, that Natrium Ltd impeded a WRC inspector on 12 June 2015.

Foley’s remaining three charges are under the Protection of Employment Act for failing to initiate consultations with representatives of employees, failing to supply employee representatives with all relevant information relating to the redundancies and not notifying the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation in writing on 12 June 2015.

Also before the court is Mark Redmond, of Belfry Dale, Citywest Road, Saggart, Co, Dublin, an employee of D2 Private Ltd. He faces the same charges for allegedly failing to notify the Minister or consult with workers’ representative or provide them with relevant information about the redundancies.

Brendan Cooney, a director of OCS Operations Ltd, with an address at Weirview Drive, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, also has the same charges plus an additional one under the Workplace Relations Act for giving false or misleading information to an inspector.



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