Sixty jobs are to go in Co Monaghan following the announcement today by Lakeland Dairies that it is closing its milk drying facilities at Lough Eglish near Carrickmacross.

The company says it is part of a restructuring programme and is necessary for the dairy to remain competitive.

A new dryer facility at Bailieboro is expected to open in April, and a company spokesperson said it hoped that between eight and 10 of those to lose their jobs at Lough Egish would transfer to the new facility.

Meanwhile, Taro Pharmaceutical Industries in Roscrea, Co Tipperary has announced the loss of 30 jobs with the ending of manufacturing operations at the plant.

Manufacturing at the sterile plant will finish by the end of March.

The company said however, that it plans to continue to keep the plant in 'good condition'.

Taro said it is no longer in its best interests to continue to incur losses at the facility or make the significant capital investments that would be required to achieve the level of operating efficiency found at its other manufacturing facilities

It said it has commenced consultations with the affected employees. It added that it believes it has sufficient inventories of products to meet all existing commitments to its customers.

Fears for up to 75 Donegal Meats jobs

Between 70 and 75 jobs are also expected to be lost at the Donegal Meats plant in Carrigans, Co Donegal.

SIPTU representatives were told yesterday that the boning plant at the factory will be closed down and staff made redundant.

The operation is to be moved across the border to other facilities owned by the parent company, the Foyle Food Group.