Jobs set to go at Longford restaurant

Up to 15 jobs could go at PS Red. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Up to 15 jobs at a restaurant in Longford town look set to go following a contractual row between the restaurant owners and Longford Golf Club, where the restaurant was located.

Up to 15 jobs at a restaurant in Longford town look set to go following a contractual row between the restaurant owners and Longford Golf Club, where the restaurant was located.

PS Red and Co Longford Golf Club are gripped in a row which came to a head last week.

PS Red opened in Longford Golf Club just eight months ago but the restaurant closed suddenly last week in a dispute over a tenancy agreement. Both parties have engaged solicitors in a bid to resolve the dispute.

“I don’t want to make any comment on the court issue,” said PS Red proprietor Sharon Feeney.

“They (staff) don’t deserve to lose their jobs.

“I have paid them last week’s wages and their holiday pay. That’s no good to anyone.

“It’s our customers, too, who have outstanding vouchers and we have no way of even honouring them.”

A number of customers had booked First Holy Communion functions in the restaurant at the weekend but they had to be accommodated elsewhere.

“I did manage to get one of the bookings into another premises in Co Longford and I have offered to cover the difference but I didn’t have that luxury with the rest of the bookings,” Ms Feeney explained.

“I genuinely, really was not expecting this.”

In response, solicitors acting for Co Longford Golf Club, Brendan T Muldowney & Co, confirmed a dispute had emerged between the two parties.

“Unfortunately... unhappy differences have arisen between the parties,” a statement read.

The statement added that such matters are best dealt with by “independent and impartial means.”