A delegation of former Vita Cortex workers met Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at a hotel in Cork city this morning to outline their case to him.

Jim Power described the meeting as constructive and said Mr Gilmore told them he would "see what he could do to sort this out once and for all".

He said the Tánaiste accepted the protest is taking its toll on the former workers, 90% of whom are aged between 50 and 65.

A sit-in by the 32 former workers at the Kinsale Road plant has now been running for 78 days.

Workers are campaigning to get owner Jack Ronan to pay 0.9 of a week per year of service on top of their statutory two-week entitlement.