Fears for jobs in Limerick as Debenhams Retail (Ireland) enters examinership 

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Fears for jobs in Limerick as Debenhams Retail (Ireland) enters examinership 

There are fears for jobs at Debenhams in Limerick [Picture: Adrian Butler]

THERE are fears for dozens of jobs at Debenhams in Limerick following the appointment of an Interim Examiner to Debenhams Retail (Ireland), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Debenhams.

The High Court has appointed Kieran Wallace of KPMG to oversee the process following an application by the directors of the company.

Debenhams has 11 stores around the country employing more than 1,400 people. Its Limerick store is located at O’Connell Street in the heart of the city.

The retailer says all of its stores and its online operations will continue to trade as normal during the examinership process.

In a statement it added that all prepaid goods and services, together with gift vouchers and credit notes, will be honoured.

"The Directors of Debenhams Retail (Ireland) will work hard to secure the long term future of the business in Ireland, enabling us to continue to serve our customers well, to provide sustainable jobs for our colleagues and to support the Irish economy," commented John Bebbington, who is a director of he company.

"A key element of the examinership would be to protect as many jobs as possible. We believe this will be in the best long term interests of all our stakeholders. During the examinership process it will be business as usual for all of our stores and online trading," he added.