One of Dublin's oldest employers the Irish Glass Bottle company is to close with the loss of 375 jobs.

The Ardagh glass-making company, formerly the Irish Glass Bottle company has announced that it will close the Ringsend factory by the end of June 2002. The company blames the closure on the work force saying it had failed to implement changes to work practices. However, trade union representatives dispute this and say they have been in talks with the company until this week. 

Gerry Lynch of SIPTU says there are many factors to be taken into account when looking for reasons for the plant's closure. 

It's not down to the workforce.

Mick Duffy of the Technical, Engineering and Electrical Union identifies a lack of investment and inability to have meaningful negotiations as the main reasons for the company's failure.

The Irish Glass Bottle Company became Ardagh PLC in 1989. While the company has decided to close its original Irish plant, it is expanding abroad. The company says that its UK bottle making company Rockware continues to trade profitably. It has also announced plans to buy an Italian glassware manufacturer. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 28 February 2002. The reporter is Bethan Kilfoil.