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Thursday 30 March 2017

Ex-Dell workers seek advice on their future

Former Dell employees at yesterday's information day
Former Dell employees at yesterday's information day

Barry Duggan

UP to 2,000 people who were made redundant when Dell closed their Irish assembly base last year thronged to an information day yesterday to explore their future options.

The majority who attended were former employees , but hundreds of workers who were laid off in subsidiary companies -- which were reliant on Dell -- also attended the event at the South Court Hotel, Limerick.

Funding of almost €23m has been secured for the affected workers, with €14.8m coming from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF). Almost 40 government agencies, third-level colleges and institutions, training providers, business support agencies, along with advice and guidance personnel, were on hand.

Caroline Bourke, from Rhebogue, Limerick, worked with Dell ancillary company Banta for six years. She previously worked in Cabletron in the National Technological Park in the city, but lost her position there also. She said she wanted to get back to work.

"I want something to get up for in the morning," Ms Bourke said, adding that the information day had left her feeling "more confident" about her future.

Another information day will be held in the same venue today.

Irish Independent

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