Avaya to cut 64 jobs in Dublin, 34 to transfer to Galway

30 Jul 2010

Telecoms equipment and software player Avaya is to cut 64 jobs at its operations in Sandyford, South Dublin, as part of its plans to consolidate with operations of Nortel in Galway.

In September, Avaya emerged as the winner of a bid to acquire Nortel’s Enterprise division for US$900m and the deal was closed in December, creating a new Avaya with 21,000 employees worldwide.

Avaya is a key player in the Irish unified communications market and employs 200 people in Sandyford, where it has a major R&D operation. Avaya bought Irish technology firm Spectel in 2004 for US$103m.

Nortel, which has been in Galway for 37 years, employs 300 people in the city.

Staff in Sandyford have been told they would be paid statutory redundancy and would lose their positions on the last day of September.

It is not yet clear what impact the Avaya acquisition will have on the Galway operations. But in addition to the 64 job losses, another 34 people will be transferred to the Galway operation,

A further 40 people will remain in corporate roles in Sandyford.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years