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Dell to cut Ireland jobs, move some to Poland

Dell, the world's No. 2 PC maker, will cut about 1,900 of 3,000 jobs at its manufacturing plant in Limerick in the west of Ireland and move many of them to Poland.

Dell, which ranks itself as Ireland's largest exporter, largest technology company and second-largest company overall, said on Thursday it would move production of computer systems for customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to its Polish plant and third-party manufacturing partners. The move, part of a $3 billion cost-reduction plan announced last year, is yet another blow for the Irish economy and comes just three days after Waterford Wedgwood, one of Ireland's premier luxury brands, called in receivers. Dell is a major employer in Limerick, a relatively impoverished area, and thousands of jobs in businesses supporting the US giant could also be at risk. Ireland, which based much of its 'Celtic Tiger' boom in the 1990s on multinational technology companies, was the first euro zone country to slide into recession last year. Economists expect unemployment to exceed 10% by the end of the year from 6.3% in the third quarter of 2008. (Reuters)