Intel axes Irish jobs

200 to 300 positions set to go at Leixlip plant ? firm stresses cuts will be voluntary
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Intel is planning to cut around 200 and 300 jobs from at its Irish Leixlip plant, as part of its global cost cutting exercise.

The news of job cuts come less than a month after Intel's outgoing chairman Craig Barrett made a tentative promise to RTE News that "there is no immediate danger of job cuts in Ireland."

Speaking to The Register, Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said that the cuts were part of the firm's plans to 'consolidate its manufacturing operations' across the board. However, he did stress that the firm was hoping to achieve the reductions through its voluntary redundancy programme.

Mulloy added that the firm had no plans to shut its Irish plant, which currently employs around 5,000 staff. "We're not closing factories in Ireland. We are simply adjusting the size of our workforce consistent with our previous announcements."

However, he did refuse to rule out further job cuts, adding that some may happen outside of the specific units slated for closure worldwide.

The news comes after Dell announced last month that it was closing its manufacturing plant in Limerick with the lost of 1,900 jobs.

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