Solidarity and Socialist Party TD for Cork North Central Mick Barry
Solidarity and Socialist Party TD for Cork North Central Mick Barry raised the protest held by several former Debenhams workers on Henry Street, Dublin 1, on Tuesday (top).
Last week, a High Court appointed povisional liquidators to the UK chain’s Irish operation after it was told by the company that it is insolvent and couldn’t pay its debts.
During his contribution, Mr Barry briefly held up a Debenhams sign.
“Taoiseach, I also want to ask you about the use of emergency powers by gardai on Tuesday to disperse a disciplined, socially distanced protest, by Debenhams workers here in Henry Street in Dublin.
“Not only did the gardai instruct the workers to disperse, and to take down the signs, which they’ve asked me to hold up cause they were refused the right to hold up that sign on Tuesday.
“Those workers were threatened with arrest, they were threatened to be put in the back of a Garda van.
They were escorted to their Luas and bus stops by the gardai and the guards instruction a trade union shop steward to desist from conducting an interview, well away from the store, with a journalist.“
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