Closure foretold for years

Over Christmas and the New Year, Dell kept its silence while Willie O’Dea raised workers’ hopes with talk of new proposals and rescue plans

10th January, 2009

At the height of the economic boom, it was said that you could only sign on the dole in Limerick if you had a letter from Dell saying it didn’t have a job for you.

Such was the scale of the US computer maker’s Irish operations - and the demand for its products - that it usually had jobs available if it could find people to fill them. With 5,600 staff in Ireland...

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