Thousands of jobs at Dell's facility in Limerick could be under threat, despite a Government bid to save them.

It has been confirmed both the Tánaiste and the Minister for Defence met senior Dell executives at the computer giant’s headquarters in Texas last Monday in a bid to save 2,000 jobs at the company's Limerick factory.

The jobs are under threat by a multi-billion dollar review of Dell's worldwide operations.

The company told Mary Coughlan and Willie O'Dea that with falling demand, cost cuts would be going ahead.

In a statement tonight, the Tánaiste said they were told Dell is ‘continuing its internal consideration of exactly what its new strategy means for its operations in Limerick.’

The company has undertaken to ‘communicate the details both to staff and to the Government as soon as it is in a position to do so’.

The Tánaiste and Minister O’Dea said they communicated to Michael Dell the significant benefits that the Limerick operation brings to the company, the city and the region.

They said the Government would provide ‘whatever assistance they could to Dell with a view to retaining a significant Dell presence in Limerick’.

For its part, the company expressed its wish to continue to work with the IDA and the Government and agreed to revert to the Tánaiste as soon as it had finalised its detailed plans for the Limerick operations.