Mothercare was blunt on the issue of commercial rents. As a result of a rapid expansion during the boom years, the rents it is paying significantly exceed current market rents

When Clerys shut its doors abruptly, David Jones, the managing director of Best menswear was one of the big losers. Holder of the men’s fashion conces(...)

A shopper looks through clothes at the liquidation sale in a premises on Parnell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Mountains of socks and underwear are piled up in big blue bins scattered throughout the shop that is supposedly having the very last Clerys sale. Ha(...)

Joan Burton described events at Clerys as “predatory capitalism”. She said she would “use every legal avenue to vindicate the State and taxpayers’ rights”

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton is considering placing a representative of her department on a committee which would inves(...)

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Toibin alleged duplicity was at the heart of “the Clerys debacle’’. “All the [workers] have received from the Labour Party so far is a two-faced response,’’ he added. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government was undertaking “a very detailed examination of company law” following the closure of the Clerys store in Dublin, Tánaiste Joan Burton (...)

Clerys department store, O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) is to urge the Government to introduce new legislation to insert social responsibility clauses into both the(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton supports the living wage initiative which calls for a minimum wage rate of €11,45 per hour.

Tanáiste Joan Burton has said she expects the Low Pay Commission to recommend an increase in the national minimum wage when it produces its first repo(...)

Trade union representatives should stop navel gazing and internal squabbling and concentrate on assisting workers to escape the curse of inequality, the general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions Patricia King (above) has said

Trade union representatives should stop navel gazing and internal squabbling and concentrate on assisting workers to escape the curse of inequality, t(...)

Ged Nash said the State may well turn out to be the biggest loser in the controversy as it will have to pay out large sums of money to former employees of Clerys

Charlie Taylor Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash has said he believes there is sufficient legal protection in place to deal with issues ar(...)

Keith Doran outside his former workplace, Clerys, on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Keith Doran (22) never thought his job at Clerys was a job for life – but he didn’t expect to lose it with half an hour’s notice. He was working at th(...)

Employers should be restricted from being directors of companies for up to five years if they fail to meet their obligations to their employees, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions  has urged. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Employers should be restricted from being directors of companies for up to five years if they fail to meet their obligations to their employees, the I(...)