Southern and Eastern; Dublin;
Location of affected unit(s)
Hotel / Restaurants
Accommodation And Food Service Activities
Food And Beverage Service Activities
56 - Food and beverage service activities

230 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
29 October 2004
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
30 November 2004


Bewley's landmark Dublin cafes ceased trading at the end of November 2004, despite a campaign to try and save them. Some of the 234 staff have already left since the company announced the closures on 29 October , citing €4 million losses as the reason. Many others are expected to be redeployed to other jobs in Campbell Catering, the company that bought the Bewley’s cafes. Redundancy terms of two weeks pay per year of service, plus statutory entitlement of two weeks pay per year of service - a total of four weeks pay per year of service - plus a further €50 per year of service, have been proposed for staff.


  • 25 November 2004: Industrial relations news
  • 30 November 2004: The Irish Times


Eurofound (2004), Bewleys, Closure in Ireland, factsheet number 60794, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/60794.