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Redundancies hit 2,870

THE NUMBER of redundancies in the country rose to 2,870 within the month of December as the final tally of those losing their job rose to 58,731 in 2010.

However the figure fell back by 24pc compared to the previous year, according to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation's redundancy scheme. There were 1,236 redundancies recorded in the department's "other services" category alone.