Saturday 24 February 2018

Two month stay on Dunnes injunction could see store reopen

Dunnes Stores in Gorey, which remains closed.
Dunnes Stores in Gorey, which remains closed.

A two month stay has been placed on a High Court injunction linked to the closure of a branch of Dunnes Stores to the public last week.

However it is not known yet if the store will reopen.

Dunnes Stores in Gorey Shopping Centre, closed without warning last Thursday after the High Court granted an injunction preventing the company from continuing to use a door that opened directly onto the centre's car park.

The injunction was obtained by Paul McCann of Grant Thornton, who was appointed by AIB as receiver to run the centre.

Mr Justice Brian McGovern granted the injunction preventing Dunnes Stores from using the door that directly opened onto the car park as an entrance to the store. It was also ordered that the only entrance that could be used was the main entrance to the shopping centre.

Lawyers for the receiver argued the use of the door was a breach of Dunnes' lease obligations and the net effect was that customers could bypass smaller traders in the shopping centre.

Dunnes Store had opposed the application, and urged the court not to grant the injunction.

On Tuesday at the High Court, Mr Justice Donald Binchey was informed that both sides were consenting to the injunction being stayed for a period of two months.

This, the court heard, was to allow the two sides, and other stakeholders, engage with each other.

The judge agreed to the place the stay on the injunction till July 24.

Approximately 100 people are employed by Dunnes Stores in Gorey.

The closure of the store to the public had been criticised by trade Union Mandate which represents the workers.

Wexford People

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