Lakeland Dairies has announced 68 redundancies at its processing facilities in Monaghan town.

The news comes after the company reviewed its operations following a merger with LacPatrick Dairies in April of this year.

One hundred and thirty people are employed at the plant. Sixty eight are to be made redundant under the plans while others are to be redeployed "elsewhere in the Lakeland Group".

CEO of Lakeland Dairies Michael Hanley said they would "enter into consultation to discuss the roles that will be affected."

"It is essential for us to realise efficiencies from within our merged group of processing facilities and to achieve sustainable profitability in the interests of our farm families on a long-term basis for the future", he said.