US firm to lay off almost 120 workers in Cork

A US technology firm is to shut down a major Irish plant with the loss of almost 120 jobs, it emerged today.

Harris Corporation said it will wind down its operation at Ballytrasna in Cork by the end of next June.

The company, which makes electronic security devices, said after a review of its operations it decided to shift production to another plant outside Ireland. The firm took over Tyco Electronics' wireless division last May.

“This decision is the result of a thorough assessment of business considerations and existing capabilities elsewhere in the company,” said a company spokesman.

“It is no reflection on the valued performance of our employees.”

The Ballytrasna plant, at Little Island, currently employs 69 permanent and around 50 part-time workers.

The company spokesman said the closure has no affect on other Harris Corporation facilities in Ireland.

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