The Shannon-based Sykes company looks set to close as a result of moves by the parent company to consolidate its operations worldwide. This could affect up to 100 staff in Shannon.

The company, which has been based in Shannon for over 20 years, provides technical support for companies in the communications, technical and financial services areas.

A spokesperson at the company's headquarters in Florida confirmed that it was trying to consolidate its businesses worldwide, and that plants in Shannon and in South Africa would face closure as a result of that process. These plants had been selected because of a decline in client demand for their services.

The spokesperson would not confirm how many workers in Shannon would be affected until the process has been approved, but it is believed that 100 staff are employed at their Co Clare plant providing technical services in a number of European languages.

75 staff at the plant were made redundant last September after the company lost a major contract with Sony, one of its biggest clients.

New jobs for Dublin and Newbridge

The Kilkenny Group has announced the creation of 30 jobs, with the opening of the company's tenth store in the newly renovated Stillorgan shopping centre in south county Dublin.

The new store in Stillorgan is the second opened by Kilkenny over the past three months, having recently opened a new premises in Trim in Co Meath.

The 30 new jobs will be across sales and retail and brings the Kilkenny Group's total number of employees to 210.

Meanwhile, Poundland, Europe's biggest single price discount retailer, officially opened a new store in Ireland today, creating a total of 40 jobs.

Under the new brand name Dealz, the new store opened in Newbridge, bringing the total Dealz stores in Ireland to five. Dealz also has shops Dublin, Portlaoise, Letterkenny and Killarney.

Poundland, which has over 365 stores in the UK, announced its expansion here in August.