Communications infrastructure specialist Tellabs has dealt the latest blow to the Irish Republic's high technology sector by announcing the closure of its site in County Clare, with the loss of 204 jobs.
The facility at Drogheda will cease operation at the end of the year. Its closure is part of a worldwide cull of 1000 Tellabs staff, roughly one-eighth of the workforce.
Drogheda was opened in 1997 by DSC Communications (later acquired by Tellabs). It is responsible for manufacturing Tellabs' Focus SDH product and production of the power supply unit for the company's Cablespan product.
Some 55 staff from Drogheda have been offered positions at the company's other Irish site at Shannon in County Clare, which employs 550.
Last week, Tellabs cut 75 permanent staff at Shannon, and the week before 90 temporary staff were cut.
The remaining staff at Shannon have been asked to take four days of unpaid leave by the end of the year.