One of Dublin’s best known motor dealerships, Murphy & Gunn, has announced that they will close their Milltown BMW dealership on October the 1st.
In a statement, the directors said that the closure is a direct consequence of BMW’s new Irish policies. The company had “hoped and planned to take a different route after October 1st, but the negative impacts from the adverse publicity around that decision changed the basis of assessment.” The publicity doubtless refers to the reports, in Mya this year, that the company would not be continuing as a BMW dealership. At the time though, Murphy & Gunn were reported to be planning to continue as a service outlet for the German brand- this is no longer the case.
The premises, once home to a hugely successful Fiat dealership, Autocars, and was originally bordered by Glenmalure Park, home of the Shamrock Rovers football club. The area has been subject to extensive development in the last number of decades and the dealership is surrounded by residential housing.
Murphy & Gunn said the closure will affect 37 staff across sales, service, parts and administration roles at the south Dublin operation. The directors added that the company has entered discussions with staff over redundancy packages. The firm’s Hyundai dealership in Rathgar will remain unaffected.