Engineering firm axes 40 workers
AN engineering firm has axed 40 seasonal workers from its workforce over the past six weeks.
A spokesman for Grant Engineering in Birr, Co Offaly, said the workers had been employed on a seasonal basis over the past two years.
He said that there was a possibility that some of the staff could be rehired in future if needed.
Grant Engineering, a heating and domestic boiler manufacturing company, previously employed around 270 people at its factory in Crinkle in Birr.
Meanwhile, more than 100 new jobs are to be created in the capital in coming months.
Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton announced the creation of 125 jobs by cloud computing company Marketo yesterday.
The firm, which saw its sales grow by more than 300pc last year, has already begun recruiting for staff in sales, consulting, development and marketing.
President and CEO of Marketo Phil Fernandez said the Silicon Valley-based company aimed to help firms "harness the new ways customers buy as a result of the growth of the internet, search and social media".
Mr Fernandez said they chose Ireland because it needed a European hub with "a large talent pool of skilled people".
Mr Bruton, highlighted a recent report that predicted that by 2014 the cloud computing industry in Ireland could employ 8,600 people and be worth €9.5bn. The announcement of new jobs was welcomed by IDA Ireland.