Union officials are meeting workers who are to lose their jobs at Marks & Spencer to discuss options and redundancy terms.

Yesterday, the company announced its intention to close its stores in Tallaght, Naas, Dún Laoghaire and Mullingar resulting in the loss of 180 jobs.

M&S said the four shops were unprofitable and that the decision to close them came after a strategic review.

SIPTU and Mandate represent staff at the stores affected.

Mandate, which represents 95% of all members in M&S, said it will have three separate meetings led by Assistant General Secretary Gerry Light.

It will also meet management in the coming days to put its members' position to the company.