When the German firm Krups closed its factory in Limerick in 1999, a joke circulated in the city that the company’s 500 staff would go from ‘‘hell to Dell’’.
The closure of Krups, which employed 1,500 people at its peak, was a massive setback for Limerick, but the computer maker provided an important safety net for the laid-off workers.
So the plan by Dell to cut 8,800 employees worldwide - 10 per...
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