MORE THAN 50 jobs have been lost in Limerick with the closure of Trinity Rooms, once held as one of the country’s leading nightclubs.
The nightclub closed temporarily in July, citing problems and “health and safety concerns” associated with neighbouring derelict buildings in the vicinity of the Michael Street premises.
However, the directors of the club informed staff at a meeting last week that the club was now closing permanently with the loss of the 50 jobs - of which almost 30 were full time positions.
The Chronicle understands also that the owners are pleading an inability to pay redundancy terms to the staff, of which close to 15 would have been eligible for the payments.
Several members of staff contacted the Chronicle after being informed of the news by director Tommy O’Doherty and Paddy Barry - father of fellow director Pat Barry - at a meeting last Monday week, and expressed frustration at the announcement.
“They said that for health and safety and legal reasons, we are closing the club and making you all redundant,” said one senior staff member, who held a management position in the club.
“They said then ‘we are not paying redundancy because we can’t afford it, you’ll have to speak to the government’. I am shocked. It is scandalous. If you are going to close a place, fair enough, but do it properly.”
Contacted by the Chronicle, a spokesperson for Trinity Rooms admitted that the 50 staff had been let go, but refused to comment on the issue of redundancy, saying it was “of a very sensitive nature”.
“We have been closed eight or nine weeks at this stage and because of the advice we have gotten, for health and safety and legal reasons, we can’t reopen,” said the spokesperson.
“Unfortunately, with the length of time we were left with no choice but to inform the staff because some of the them have to try and find other employment. It was an incredibly hard decision,” added the spokesperson.