Former Debenhams workers are marking 100 days since they were made redundant by holding protests outside the chain's Irish stores.

Former staff have been officially picketing the company's 11 Irish stores for the past 13 weeks calling for what they describe as a fair redundancy package.

They are set to receive statutory redundancy, which is set at two weeks per year of service, capped at €600 per week.

About 30 people are protesting outside Debenhams' Henry Street store this afternoon.

Rallies are also being held at its two other Dublin outlets in Blanchardstown and Tallaght, and in Cork, Limerick, Galway and Tralee, Co Kerry.

Those picketing on Henry Street say they have maintained a 24-hour protest since 9 April and will continue to do so until they are promised improved redundancy packages.

They are also calling on the State to waive monies owed to it under the liquidation process and pledge that sum to the former workers.

The Mandate trade union argues that stock that is currently being held inside the shuttered stores should be sold, with the proceeds, estimated at €20 to €25 million, distributed to staff as part of the redundancy deal.

But liquidators KPMG say the stock legally belongs to concession holders.

They say the blockade of Debenhams stores is impeding the process of shutting down the Irish operation, and retrieving the stock.

It is understood that the liquidators do not have the legal power to re-allocate the proceeds of the liquidation away from preferential creditors like Revenue and other State bodies.  

In a recent statement, KPMG said the decision to cease trading in Ireland resulted from the appointment of an administrator to the UK parent company, which was insolvent.

This led to the withdrawal of the funding support provided by the Debenhams group to the Irish business - adding that without that support, the Irish operation was no longer viable.