The council’s Labour Party leader Dermot Lacey has slammed the move. Dublin City Council has defended its decision to allow public land to be used in a proposed redevelopment of the Clerys site.
They’ve given the go ahead to an application by OCS Properties Ltd, which includes the road and footpath at Earl Place and Sackville Place.
The Workplace Relations Commission is investigating the move.
It has also been challenged in the High Court, which has yet to rule.
The council’s Labour Party leader Dermot Lacey has slammed the move, expressing his anger that councillors were not informed.
Mr Lacey also explained how many councillors were ‘outraged’ at the treatment of the Clerys workers before the O’Connell Street store closed.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, he said: “Everybody wants to see that building used again properly, but there is a basic fairness here.
He added: “Why should people who engage in these practices be allowed make even more money?”
“They (the officials) should exercise their judgment with some degree of respect for the political make up of the council.”
“Knowing the councillors had expressed very serious reservations about Clerys, for officials to do so without reference to the councillors was an act of bad faith.”
The council said that the letter outlining consent was ‘standard’ and did not intend to sell the lands.
It read: “The intention of the planning application is to facilitate an upgrade in the quality of the public realm in question.”
The letter sent by the council gives consent to developers to include the public road and footpath at Earl Place and Sackville Place in the planning application.
When Clerys closed down in 2015, hundreds of workers were given 30 minutes to leave the store.
If the plans go ahead, there will be a brand new “rooftop destination”, full of bars and restaurants, which will offer stunning views of the city.
The lower floors of the premises will be used for retail and offices.
Plans are also in the works to restore the original feature stairs to provide access to the former Clerys Tea Rooms.