Fears are growing for the future of 70 jobs at another Dell-affiliated company in Ireland.

RTÉ understands that Dell subsidiary Alienware, which is best known for manufacturing custom high-performance gaming PCs and notebook computers, is considering closing its manufacturing bases in Athlone in Co Westmeath and Miami in the US.

Yesterday, the company began consultations with its 70 staff in Athlone and informed sources have indicated that the discussions are taking place with a view to the company closing its manufacturing division.

It is understood that in the future Alienware's products will be made in Dell's new manufacturing facilities, set to be located in Poland.

Alienware is one of a number of subsidiaries which were put under review.

It is believed that the staff at the Athlone facility, which is located in the Blyry Industrial Estate, have been informed that the consultation and review period could last up to 30 days.

In the past few months Dell has let 1,900 workers go in Limerick, and a further 250 in Cherrywood, Dublin.