The Department of Enterprise has confirmed that Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar has not yet received a collective redundancy notification from Twitter.

Under relevant legislation, companies proposing a collective redundancy are required to inform the Minister for Enterprise at least 30 days before the first dismissals take place.

Companies are also required to carry out a 30-day consultation with employees and their representatives where collective redundancies are being proposed.

"The Tánaiste has not received a collective redundancy notification in relation to potential redundancies at Twitter," a spokesperson for the department said.

"The Tánaiste expects the company to comply with its legal obligations under the Protection of Employment Act 1977, as amended."

The spokesperson added that the department has asked officials in the IDA to keep it informed of any information regarding potential job cuts to Twitter employees here.

Yesterday, Twitter began the process of laying off around 50% of its global workforce of 7,500.

The proposed redundancies are expected to impact around half of the company's 500 Irish based staff.

Those facing redundancy here received an email from the company yesterday, informing them that their jobs were among those potentially impacted or at risk of redundancy.

Later in the day, the company told them that a collective consultation process would be carried out through elected employee representatives before any decisions are made on redundancies.

The company has pledged to pay staff here who do lose their jobs enhanced redundancy payments and they will serve out their notice on garden leave.

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It also told the employees that although they had been shut out of company systems in order to protect the security of confidential data, that does not mean a final decision has been made in relation to the future of their role and that they remain employees of Twitter.

Yesterday, Government and opposition politicians and union leaders criticised the manner in which Twitter had gone about informing staff of the layoffs via email.

Twitter also closed its offices yesterday while the process was ongoing.

Twitter's new owner Elon Musk defended his decision to sack about half the company's global workforce, saying that he had no choice as the company was losing $4 million a day.

Twitter said cuts were smaller in the team responsible for preventing the spread of misinformation, as advertisers pulled spending amid concerns about content moderation.

Tweets by staff of the social media company said teams responsible for communications, content curation, human rights and machine learning ethics were among those gutted, as were some product and engineering teams.

Additional reporting Reuters