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Homebase examinership highlights lack of Govt action on retail sector

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, Dara Calleary TD, has reacted to the news that an interim examiner has been appointed to the retailer Homebase. Deputy Calleary commented: “The news that Homebase has entered into examinership again highlights the very precarious position retailers of all sizes are in. Businesses throughout the country are struggling to survive and the Government has continuously failed to provide the adequate supports needed to help them. “My thoughts are with the 558 staff at this difficult and uncertain time and I hope the interests of the workers will be central to the examinership process. “The retail sector is absolutely critical to our economy. […]

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Cost Plus Sofas news another blow to retail sector

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The sudden announcement by Cost Plus Sofas of impending store closures and job cuts is causing alarm among staff and customers of 23 Irish stores, according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary. Deputy Calleary has criticised the company’s method of announcing such a major ‘restructuring’ of its business in Ireland, which is likely to result in sweeping cuts. The Fianna Fáil Deputy said, “Customers attempting to contact Cost Plus Sofas today are being stone-walled with a blunt message on the company’s website and phone-lines.  Many have tried to contact their local store and have been unable to. “What is of greater concern is how the hundreds of workers […]

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Calleary calls for Govt response to Bewley’s judgement

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Enterprise Dara Calleary has called for a response from the Government to today’s High Court ruling in favour of a challenge taken by Bewley’s on Grafton Street against exorbitant rent increases.  Deputy Calleary has welcomed the High Court decision. “This is a very significant judgement, not just for Bewley’s but potentially for all of those High Street retailers that are stifled upward only rent contracts,” said Deputy Calleary. “This case further demonstrates the crippling unfairness of upward only rent contracts and the enormous difficulties experienced retailers locked in those contracts. “Today’s ruling could mark the start of a breakthrough in the fight against upward only rents.  […]

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Mayo Stages Rally a big boost for Ballina

Mayo Fianna Fáil T.D. Dara Calleary has expressed his satisfaction that the 2013 Mayo Stages Rally is returning to its natural base in Ballina. The Rally, to be held in Ballina and surrounding areas on March 10th, was launched in Hotel Ballina last weekend and is expected to attract 1000s of visitors to the North Mayo capital. Deputy Calleary said, “I am delighted that the Mayo Stages Rally is returning to Ballina this year. I attended the official launch of the event last weekend in Hotel Ballina and I was really taken by the overwhelming enthusiasm that prevailed at the event. “This event is a timely boost for the business […]

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