Irish staff at Intel in Ireland are braced for bad news as reports suggest more than 400 jobs at the company’s Irish operations are under threat. The global giant employs 5,500 people in Ireland. The bulk of these are at Intel’s Leixlip plant in Co. Kildare , but the company also employs around 1,000 people between its operations in Cork and Shannon.
Intel announced last week that they would be shedding 12,000 jobs worldwide. According to the Sunday Business Post, 420 Irish jobs will be lost due to the cuts. However Intel in Ireland dismissed this figure as “speculative.”
Lack of information from Intel causing anxiety
Local councillors report that there is a “sense of impending doom” in Leixlip and Celbridge as employees await news.
“There are husbands and wives both working there a long time,” said Celbridge councillor Ide Cussen.
“There is a sense of impending doom, but people didn’t see it coming.”
Cussen said lack of information from Intel has increased anxiety. “The drip feed of giving people the news has been torture,” she said.
The loss of jobs in will not only affect employees but local shops and businesses as well, claims Cussen.
Leixlip councillor Joe Neville said the possible job losses were all the community could talk about.
“Everybody is on tenterhooks,” he said. “You can feel the tension. People just don’t know what to expect.”
There are fears that the current round of job cuts are a precursor to Intel closing the Leixlip plant, a move which would the surrounding communities, said Neville.