An Enniscorthy-based pharmaceutical manufacturer has said it is temporarily laying off 26 staff members.

The news was confirmed today by BD Enniscorthy, formerly ClearStream Technologies, which employs more than 490 people in the town.

It's understood the employees affected were told of the lay-offs, which the company has described as temporary, at meetings today.

BD employs over 1,200 people across its Irish operations in Enniscorthy, Limerick, Drogheda, and Blackrock in Dublin.

The lay-offs are being made "to right-size its manufacturing operations with today's realities" a spokesperson said in a statement, adding that "this difficult strategic decision" is not a reflection of the performance of the Enniscorthy site, but because of "other business factors".

The company intends to continue investing in its Enniscorthy and other operations, it said.