SIPTU vow to fight Clearys’ closure; iconic Dublin department store had strong Kerry connections

A crisis meeting of former Clerys’ workers gets underway in the next hour – in the wake of the sudden closure of the Dublin department store. Over 400 staff found out they had lost their jobs at close of business yesterday. Workers were told the company had gone into liquidation, amid multimillion Euro losses. The iconic O’Connell Street department store has strong Kerry connections. The store was bought out of receivership in 1941 by Brosna businessman Denis Guiney. Following his passing in 1967 his wife Mary continued as Chairperson of Clearys until her death at the age of 103, eleven years ago. Following the store’s sudden closure yesterday, trade union SIPTU have pledged to fight the closure. SIPTU logo SIPTU shop steward John Finn, who worked at store for over 40 years, says the announcement came as a shock: [audio_player src=””]