Spate of redundancies announced
Hundreds of workers are facing an uncertain new year as a spate of redundancies were announced at several major companies across the country.
Superquinn said its store in Naas, Co Kildare - where 110 staff are employed - will shut down next month after the expiry of a lease on the building.
Soft drinks firm Britvic revealed it was looking for more than 100 lay-offs as part of an overhaul of its operations in the Republic and the North, mostly among sales and merchandising roles.
Nine of the jobs are to go with the closure of a distribution centre in Omagh, Co Tyrone, along with another three from Britvic's Castelreagh Road plant in Belfast.
The jobs axe also fell on Kerry Airport, where almost a third of its workforce are to be let go in an attempt to safeguard the future of the regional hub.
Another 35 workers are facing the dole queues with the closure of four Toni and Guy hairdressing salons.
Trade union Mandate said it will meet with Superquinn bosses over the coming days as part of intensive talks to rescue some of the 110 jobs threatened in Naas.
Superquinn said its lease had ended at its North Main Street store and plans to open a new outlet in the town had been shelved because of the property crash.
The retailer said it will offer employees the opportunity to work at alternative stores where possible.
Gerry Light, assistant general secretary at Mandate, said staff were very shocked and disappointed, especially as the store was trading very well.