The redevelopment of the former Clerys site in Dublin is to go ahead after SIPTU said it was no longer objecting to it.

SIPTU said it is withdrawing its appeal to An Bord Pleanála about the redevelopment of the site on O'Connell Street. 

It is understood a deal has been struck that is believed to include certain protections for workers at the former shop. 

An An Bord Pleanála hearing into the proposed redevelopment got under way this morning. In a statement this afternoon, SIPTU formally said it was withdrawing its objection.

Last December, the new owner was granted planning permission for its redevelopment - despite objections.

The objections included submissions from SIPTU and from former workers who lost their jobs suddenly when the store changed ownership.

When Clerys closed, the 460 workers received no notice - and only statutory redundancy - leading to criticism of the new owners.

The new mixed-development includes retail units, leisure facilities and a boutique hotel at the site of the former store on O'Connell Street.