Tesco Ireland has confirmed that 140 jobs are to go at its head office as part of a restructuring operation. The positions will be shed through a programme of voluntary redundancy.

A spokesman said affected staff would be offered the opportunity of redeployment and retraining for roles elsewhere in Tesco, either in Ireland or abroad. He added that compulsory redundancies were not envisaged. Tesco makes annual profits in Ireland of €250m.

Earlier, travel group Thomas Cook confirmed that it was seeking to close three of its stores in Dublin and restructure its tour operations business.

The company said it had told staff and was going into a 30-day consultation period. A Thomas Cook spokesperson said the changes could affect 77 employees in Ireland.

The company said it had reviewed its Irish businesses as a result of dramatic changes in the way customers bought and booked its products.

Thomas Cook is seeking to close its stores in Grafton Street and North Earl Street, as well as one of its Direct Holidays outlets. The company currently employs 176 staff here.

It says that under its proposals, 46 staff would be affected at the Thomas Cook stores, 15 at Direct Holidays and 16 through the tour restructuring.