Co Mayo-based medical supplies company Homecare is to make 80 of its staff redundant.

The firm said the jobs will be lost as a result of the termination of a Health Service Executive contract for recycling of aids and appliances.

The redundancies will occur in the service area of the business.

Homecare said 50 jobs will go at a service centre in Kiltimagh, Co Mayo and 15 will be lost in Ballyhaunis.

A further 15 positions will be lost at the company's facility in Clonee in Co Meath.

The company said that while the number of job losses reflect a large proportion of the workforce, 70 other positions are unaffected by the contract termination.

Staff have been informed of the decision and negotiations on redundancy arrangements are under way.