Thursday, 17 December 2020
Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions
I thank the Deputy. I welcome the acknowledgement that the Duffy Cahill report's implementation would not have solved this problem.
It was suggested early on in this dispute that the Debenhams dispute was analogous to the issue with Clerys. We know that it was not. Clerys had a highly valuable asset in the form of a building. This was a different dispute. The report from the chairman of the Labour Court, Kevin Foley, is instructive for anybody who wants to understand what was or was not true with regard to this dispute. There are not any plans to establish a State agency to handle liquidation, and I would not assume that a State agency would do it any less expensively. It might but I would not make the assumption.