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A STORY OF COURAGE, DETERMINATION, AND TOGETHERNESS

Tales from the
Debenhams Picket Line

SUE O'CONNELL & FERGUS DOWD
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'406 Days' Film

406 Days - A film by Joe Lee & Fergus Dowd​

'406 Days' documents the heartbreak, courage, and rage of those who stood firm on the Debenhams Picket Line. The 90 minute film, directed by Joe Lee and produced by Fergus Dowd, will premiere at the Dublin International Film Festival in February 2023. Lee has form at the Festival, having won Best Documentary for 'Fortune's Wheel' in 2015.

 

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It was like a blur. My phone was hopping. Colleagues were so upset. It was so sad the way they did it. I worked twelve and a half years with no complaints, and they up and leave...where is the respect?

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WHAT THE PAPERS SAY...

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QUOTES FROM THE PICKET LINE

We are here for a peaceful protest; a sit-in. Our aim is to stay here for two days. We will be leaving on Thursday, September 10th. We have to have our voices heard.

VALERIE CONLON, 

PATRICK STREET DEBENHAMS STORE, CORK

I was in shock for about four weeks; it was the facelessness of it all. You had nobody to turn to...to ask what happens now?

AMY HOURIGAN,
TRALEE DEBENHAMS STORE, KERRY

It was like a blur. My phone was hopping. Colleagues were so upset. It was so sad the way they did it. I worked twelve and a half years with no complaints, and they up and leave...where is the respect?

PAUL QUINN,
DEBENHAMS STORE, LIMERICK

By 9.30am Jane was standing in front of a guard, emptying her pockets, handing over her mobile phone, and being asked to remove her shoelaces. How has it come to this?

 JANE CROWE,
HENRY ST. DEBENHAMS STORE, DUBLIN

It didn’t seem real. We were in the middle of a pandemic and life was surreal enough. And now the company was closing. There was no regard for us, no explanation, and no duty of care whatsoever.

SUZANNE SHERRY, 
HENRY ST. DEBENHAMS STORE, DUBLIN 

 There were inches between me and the vehicle. It was scary, but all it took was one person not to move.

CAROL ANN BRIDGEMAN
MAHON POINT DEBENHAMS STORE, CORK

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