West of Grafton Street to close after 290 years

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Trade union accuses Dublin retailer of unfair redundancy packages

Dublin jeweller West of Grafton Street will close down this weekend after trading in the city for 290 years on and off. The fine jewellery retailer has been running a closing down sale since before Christmas and is currently selling fine jewellery and watches for half price.

Staff at the store, who claim to have been kept in the dark about the store’s closing date until last minute, have been told that they will receive mandatory redundancy packages. Trade union Mandate, which is representing the staff, has said it is “very frustrated and disappointed” by the treatment of the retailer’s three workers, who have 93 years service between them.

 

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West of Grafton store manager Robin Halpin confirmed to The Irish Times that the shop will close this weekend and added that while he would have liked to receive a better redundancy package the business is not in good enough financial help to offer this. He told the paper: "What I can say is that the staff are being treated quite properly and fairly. This is not a rich firm. That’s why we are closing down.”

 

Mandate, however, claims that the business, which is registered to Joe Moran of Manor Park Homes, is financially comfortable and can afford to pay its staff more redundancy money. The most recent accounts filed at Companies Office show that the business had revenue reserves of €367,046 (£323,495) at April 30th, 2008.

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