Paris Bakery in Dublin wound up

Monday 30 June 2014 21.02
Workers staged a 20 day long sit-in after the business ceased trading
Workers staged a 20 day long sit-in after the business ceased trading

The High Court has wound-up well-known Dublin city centre bakery and restaurant Paris Bakery, which had been the scene of a sit-in by workers over unpaid wages.

An official liquidator was appointed to Paris Bakery and Pastry Ltd, which had operated in Moore Street until its closure in May.

The Revenue Commissioners petitioned the court to wind up the company after it failed to satisfy a demand for €117,000 in unpaid taxes.

The Revenue served a demand on the company last April.

While a sum of more than €52,000 had been paid, the outstanding amount owed was not paid, Dermot Cahill BL for Revenue, said.

The company was clearly insolvent and unable to pay its debts, counsel said.

The court heard the company's workforce of an estimated 25 people, most of whom are foreign nationals, are owed about €158,000 in unpaid wages.

The workers, several of whom were present in court, staged a 20-day sit-in after the business ceased trading.

As result of the court's decision the workers will now be able to avail of the Insolvency Payments Scheme.

The scheme provides funds to workers in the event their employer becomes insolvent, as well as money awarded to them by the Labour Relations Commission.

Speaking on their behalf, Gráinne O'Toole of the Migrants Rights Centre Ireland told the court that they supported evenue's application to have the company wound up. 

The court also ordered that the company's two directors, Yannick Forel, Swiftbrook Glen, Ballyjamesduff Road, Virginia ,Co Cavan and Ruth Savill of Springfield House, Kilbride, Co Wicklow file statements of affairs within 21 days.

Ms Savill told the court that she had resigned as both company secretary and as director of the company in November of last year.

Her resignation, she said, was confirmed by the Companies Registration Office. She said there had been a delay by her fellow director in filing the paperwork.

In response, Mr Cahill said it was Revenue's position that Ms Savill must file a statement as she had been an officer of the company.

Mr Justice Cregan told Ms Savill she was "caught by statue" and along with her fellow director is required to file a statement of affairs.

The judge made the matter returnable before the Examiner's Court in October.