Former Debenham workers in Cork blocked a security van from leaving the rear of the store's Patrick Street premises for a time this afternoon.

Up to 30 former employees were involved in the protest.

Since the company's unexpected closure in March, former Debenham workers across the country have been mounting protests outside the company's stores, its joint liquidators KPMG and its bankers for a number of weeks calling for a fair redundancy package for its staff.

The company employed 957 people across 11 stores in Ireland, as well as providing more than 500 other jobs indirectly through 26 concession stands operated within the stores.

Last month, the High Court confirmed the appointment of joint liquidators to the Irish arm of Debenhams after it was announced that the company was ceasing operations arising out of its UK-based parent's decision to enter administration.