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100 jobs to go at Aetna

US HEALTH company Aetna plans to shut down its operations in Castleisland, Co Kerry, with the loss of 100 jobs.

Just three years ago, the company revealed its intention to expand in the area, which was supported by Government agencies.

But now it is involved in a cost-cutting exercise globally and is outsourcing its international service operations.

Aetna is in discussions with a number of overseas vendors to handle the claims and customer service functions carried out by Kerry staff.

In total, 300 workers globally are affected by the cuts in Hong Kong, Shanghai and the US, as well as Ireland.