Tuesday 16 January 2018

Ebay to close operations in Dundalk with loss of 150 jobs


Independent Newdesk

Ebay are set to announce the closure of their operation in Dundalk, Co Louth.

It is understood the company will continue to employ staff elsewhere in Ireland.

The job losses are expected to be offset by additional positions at their former sister company PayPal, which is also located in the Co Louth town.

eBay are expected to make a formal announcement later today.

It's believed the decision will affect approximately 150 jobs.

The company opened its European centre in Dundalk April 2013.

Independent.ie has learned that a meeting took place earlier today and staff were informed of the decision to shut its Dundalk operations from in the second quarter of 2017.

It is not currently known if staff will be offered moves to the firm's site at Blanchardstown.

There will be no impact on existing PayPal jobs.

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth Declan Breathnach said it was a “serious blow” to the Dundalk economy and said it was “disappointing” the Government “failed to convince eBay to continue with their operations in Dundalk”.

However, he said he was hopeful that some of the staff would be transferred to other operations within the company.

“It’s important that we recognise that many workers have put down roots in Louth and have started families. It’s simply not an option for these people to up sticks and move to an entirely different area.”

“Serious questions also have to be asked as to why eBay decided to close its operations just over three years after moving to Dundalk,” he said.

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