Lidl issues a statement detailing what will happen to the workers at its Tallaght store
There has been widespread condemnation of the looting of a Lidl store in Tallaght area of Dublin on Friday.
And in the aftermath, many have highlighted that the criminals in question have put the livelihoods of those working there at risk.
Now, in a statement released on Monday afternoon, a spokesperson has clarified what will happen to those employees.
— Denis (@46Flynn) March 2, 2018
"A meeting was held today with our team from Fortunestown. We can confirm that each of the 30 team members will be redeployed to other stores in the area.
"We will not have the criminal actions of others impact on the livelihood of our hard working team."
"On behalf of the Store Manager Ruth and her team we would like to thank everyone for their kind words in the aftermath of this incident.
"The team are genuinely blown away by the swell of support from, not just the community that they serve daily, but from right around the country."
Videos shared on Friday showed several young men driving a digger from the store's location. Another shockingly showed construction machinery being used to break down the roof of the building.
Footage was also being shared from inside the supermarket.
Tallaght accused smacks in to a bin. Giving the fingers while walking blind will not end well. Who knew!? pic.twitter.com/QDGpB3EJnk
— Mike Hogan (@mikehoganmedia) March 3, 2018
One person who say they witnessed the looting stated that the supermarket was getting "smashed up". Another said it was being "emptied".
One man highlighted that in his 15 years living in Dublin, it was only the second incidence of looting he'd been aware of - the first being the Love Ulster riots in 2006.
The store manager Ruth and her team would like to thank everyone for their kind words in the aftermath of this incident. The team are genuinely blown away by the swell of support from, not just the community that they serve daily, but from right around the country.
— Lidl Ireland (@lidl_ireland) March 5, 2018
Among those who criticised the looters was a local Tallaght woman who took to Twitter to highlight: "Talking to one of my older neighbours, he was in tears about the carry on in Lidl earlier, he can’t walk further than the Lidl, but that was his little trip everyday, up for his few bits and pieces and all the staff loved him and he had great banter with them, so upset."
The tweet later prompted 2.7K likes.