It has emerged that 250 jobs are to go at contract electronics manufacturer Flextronics in Cork.
The company, which employs 1,100 workers, told staff this afternoon that 100 permanent workers are to be made redundant, and a further 150 temporary employees are to be laid off.
The layoffs come a year after Flextronics closed down operations in Limerick and Tullamore with the loss of 680 jobs.
It is understood that the decision to cut job numbers came as a result of the loss of a major contract with another Cork-based electronics manufacturer, storage giant EMC.
This contract for the production of printed circuit boards is believed to have been awarded to another Flextronics plant in the Far East.
By John Kennedy