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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Closure is devastating, says Panti as Norris lauds 'institution'

Senator David Norris and Panti Bliss who took part in the Bloomsday Readings in Meeting House Square in Temple Bar
Senator David Norris and Panti Bliss who took part in the Bloomsday Readings in Meeting House Square in Temple Bar
Lisa Fitzpatrick

The shock and sadness at the sudden closure of Clerys is being felt by some of Dublin's top personalities who shopped there.

Panti Bliss told the Herald that it was devastating. "I live beside Clerys. I pass it every single day, I go in there regularly.

"I think it's absolutely devastating news for O'Connell Street," the entertainer said.

Panti was saddened with what had happened to the Clerys workers.

"The way it was done, so shocking, and some of them have been there for so long."

Senator David Norris also told of his sadness on behalf of the workers.

"It is an iconic, landmark building. I am terribly, terribly sad. I did shop there. It is a northside institution," he said.

Meanwhile, stylist Lisa Fitzpatrick said that she has had many great experiences, both shopping and working at Clerys.

"I think it's such an iconic building. People would meet under the Clerys clock," she said.

"It was always somewhere I used to love to go when I worked down that end of the city for eight years."

Lisa said that it was very sad for all of the workers.

"It is a very, very difficult time for anybody who is going through that.

"It is obviously very, very sad for them, and for their families," she said.

RTE star Ryan Tubridy is among a host of well-known Dubliners who have rallied behind the workers. He spoke about the iconic status the store had in Dublin.

Difficult

"I was quite taken aback by Clerys, such an iconic shop in Dublin, and I don't think you have to be from Dublin to get how big it is," he added.

He said that the former workers of the store were treated "disrespectfully" in the manner they found out their jobs were gone.

Hundreds protested outside the store earlier this week at Friday's closure.

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