Internal restructuring
Southern and Eastern;
Location of affected unit(s)
Dublin and Limerick
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale In Non-Specialised Stores
47.11 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating

200 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
3 May 2004
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The 200 or so redundancies at retail group Roches Stores are a result of the closure of 3 of the company’s grocery stores in Limerick, Blanchardstown, and Henry Street, Dublin. About 80 jobs will go in 2 grocery stores in Limerick and Blanchardstown (west Dublin) respectively, and a further 40 or 50 in the grocery store in Henry Street (central Dublin). The majority of the workers are represented by the retail and bar union, MANDATE, and a handful of SIPTU members are affected.

The terms agreed are 6 weeks pay per year of service for the first 8 years of service (inclusive of 2 weeks ppys statutory entitlement), and 5 weeks ppys for service in excess of 8 years (inclusive of SE).

There was a possibility of some re-location opportunities in the non-food area of the company’s operations, but it is understood that few people chose to take up this option.


  • 13 May 2004: Industrial relations news


Eurofound (2004), Roches Stores, Internal restructuring in Ireland, factsheet number 60339, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/60339.