Up to 130 jobs are to go at a pharmaceutical plant in Athlone.
Management at Alkermes have confirmed that between 100 and 130 jobs will be cut over a two-year period, following a review of operations at the plant - after a number of products went off patent.
Management will begin consultation with workers immediately on how the reduction in staff will come about, but it says some compulsory redundancies will be unavoidable.
Alkermes took over the Elan facility in Athlone two years ago.
Roscommon TD Denis Naughton says this is a major blow for the Athlone and South Roscommon areas – and will take about €4 million in wages alone out of the local economy…..