Saturday June 6, 2020

Project Clock: The inside story of Clerys and Deirdre Foley

Watchdog investigating last year’s shock closure of the iconic store is now itself being investigated

17th July, 2016
The Clerys department store on OConnell Street in Dublin closed last yearin controversial circumstances Inset: Natrium boss Deirdre Foley Pictures: Feargal Ward/Collins

The sudden closure of Clerys last year caused widespread outrage as 460 workers were unceremoniously sacked hours after the famous department store was sold.

Now the watchdog tasked with investigating the lawfulness of those redundancies is in the firing line, accused of overstepping its powers by the woman at the forefront of the controversial deal.

At issue is the seizure of documents and a laptop from the premises of real estate firm D2 Private by officials...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

The former NTMA head says he is ‘quite alarmed’ at the potential for legal actions over the large number of deaths in nursing homes during the crisis

Michael Brennan | 1 month ago

Oil storage in the self-styled ‘Pipeline Crossroads of the World’ is full to the brim, but the black stuff keeps on coming. With much of the world’s economy in a Covid-19 slowdown, at one point last week, benchmark US crude oil was priced at minus $37.63 a barrel

Barry J Whyte | 1 month ago

Every time Donald Trump spoke on the Covid-19 crisis last week, the stock markets plunged by another point

Marion McKeone | 2 months ago