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Owner apologises after Spar posts ‘female only’ job ad

The sign was put up in the window of a busy shop in Dublin’s IFSC – but has now been taken down.

The ad at the IFSC shop
The ad at the IFSC shop
Image: MikeHogan4FM via Twitter

THE OWNER OF a Spar shop has apologised after the store posted up a sign saying only women could apply for a job at a deli counter.

The sign was put up in the window of a shop on Lower Mayor Street in the IFSC in Dublin city centre. The text of the ad read: “Full time deli staff required. Enquire within with CV. Females only”.

A photograph of the ad was posted to boards.ie by a user and it was also raised on the Spar Ireland Facebook page.

Within minutes of a photograph of the ad being placed on the Facebook page, Spar Ireland said it had contacted the owner and the sign had been removed.

Under equality legislation, employers can not specify that only men or women can apply for a particular job, unless it is a real occupational requirement.

“As soon as this was brought to SPAR Ireland’s attention we contacted the independent retailer and asked them to take the sign down immediately,” the post from Spar said.

“The retailer has taken down the sign and has apologised for the error and any offence caused. SPAR Ireland is an equal opportunities employer”.

The photograph has attracted a lot of attention with several hundred likes, comments, and shares on Facebook.

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