Sinn Féin spokesperson on Jobs and Workers’ Rights Maurice Quinlivan TD has commented on the appointment of liquidators to Debenhams in Ireland, saying that ‘this represents a major loss of employment during an already difficult period’.
“It is no secret that Debenhams have been struggling over the past number of years, but the appointment of liquidators today will still come as a huge shock to to Debenhams 1,500 staff and for contractors and suppliers all over the country.
“It is extremely stressful for workers to lose their jobs at any time, but right now – in the midst of a pandemic – and when people are really struggling, it is a double blow.
“Debenhams is the major store or anchor tenant in many shopping centres and city centre locations, so their closure will have a huge knock-on effect on neighbouring stores too.
“I have contacted the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation to ask for measures to be put in place immediately to help workers and their families at this difficult time.”