Workers' Party City Councillor Ted Tynan has said he is dismayed at news that Cork City Council has offered voluntary redundancy to its workforce.

Mr Tynan said staff numbers have already dropped by up to 200 people in recent years and the council is struggling to provide all the services required of it.

Over 1,000 Cork City Council employees have received letters advising them of a new voluntary redundancy scheme for local authorities.

But only those with more than two years' service and under the preserved pension age of 60-65 will be eligible.

The new scheme for local authorities countrywide was agreed as part of the Haddington Road Agreement.

Employees have until 1 September to apply. Those accepted for the scheme will have to leave on or before 31 December.