A Kerry TD is refusing to accept the reasons given by Enable Ireland for closing its charity shop in Tralee.
Four jobs are to be lost at the store, which has operated for the past nine years.
The charity, which provides services to people with disabilities, says the reasons for the closure are unavoidable; the expiry of the lease at Abbey Court and because of challenging trading circumstances.
Kerry Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae is refusing to accept Enable Ireland’s reasons for closing its Tralee shop, saying attempts were made to find an alternative premises, but these weren’t taken up by the charity.
He wants to know why they allegedly singled out Tralee for closure.
He’s reminding Enable Ireland it’s heavily taxpayer funded, and that the Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath is aware of the matter.
Meanwhile Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris was also in contact with Enable Ireland, and says numerous properties were offered, but he believes the decision to close was predetermined.
He also claims asking staff to express an interest in applying for jobs in Cork and Dublin was highly disingenuous.