Editorial: Very few concessions for holders
MUCH of the focus following the closure of Clerys last Friday has understandably been on the loss of jobs at the store.
But another major casualty has been the businesses of the 50 concession holders who operated there.
After five days of uncertainty they were allowed back into the store yesterday to retrieve some of the millions in stock that had been locked up since last Friday.
This allows them to move the goods to other outlets or sell them in a firesale.
However, it does not solve the significant issue of the estimated €2m owed to concession holders from direct sales at Clerys.
It’s reported that there is not enough cash to pay the full amount owed.
That’s bad enough but concession holders’ staff may also lose their jobs.
One concession holder, Helen Lynch, told this newspaper that it’s inevitable some of her staff would be let go.
There appears to be little or no silver lining to this story.
Garden will give joy to all
IT’S well-documented that exposure to nature and green spaces can help patients who are being treated in hospital – particularly if those patients
are in hospital for long periods.
That’s why the urban garden and playground launched at Temple Street Children’s Hospital yesterday is so valuable.
The area was built in memory of baby Hugh Curley, the youngest son of Ade Stack and Marty Curley, who was treated at the hospital before he passed away in 2013.
It will be used as a play area by children and was built with the help of Aer Lingus volunteers and local tradespeople.
This is a wonderful addition to Temple Street, a credit to Ade, Marty and all the volunteers.
We trust it will provide many happy hours to children and aid their recovery