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More woe as RBS cuts over 200 jobs across Ireland

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is to axe more jobs in Northern Ireland, it has been confirmed.

Belfast RBS Technology Services is cutting 25 posts while 196 are being slashed in Dublin.

All of the affected staff work in the bank's back-room technical support services looking after IT and telecommunications.

RBS, the parent group of Ulster Bank, said employees were told the news in a series of meetings.

"We remain committed to our long-standing principle of situating customer contact work within the country or region where the customer's located," the bank said.

"RBS will work closely with all impacted staff and their union representatives."

Staff who offered technical support for all subsidiaries in the RBS Group will be offered transfers to office hubs in Britain.

RBS said the redundancies were part of planned job cuts it warned of last April following the announcement of a global review.

They are separate from the planned 750 lay-offs Ulster Bank announced last January with the closure of First Active branches and warnings in August of another 250 job cuts.

RBS also said management aimed to keep compulsory redundancies to a minimum.