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Golf club plans to halve its staff in costs drive

ONE of Ireland's most prestigious golf clubs – which hosted the Irish Open as recently as two years ago – is looking to lay off over half its workforce as part of radical cost-cutting measures.

Management at the lakeside Killarney Golf Club in Co Kerry is seeking 24 redundancies out of a staff of 40 and to eliminate bonuses and cut pay rates.

During talks at the Labour Court, the club produced figures claiming its staff were paid higher premiums than those employed at other courses.

SIPTU rejected the comparisons as other clubs did not hold major tournaments.

There are almost 2,000 members, according to the club's website. To obtain full membership requires an annual payment of €2,000 per year for 10 years.

Irish Independent