Eircom to cut two thousand jobs

The Minister for Communications says he will meet with management at Eircom to discuss plans for 2-thousand job losses at the company.

Eircom is to shed over a third of its workforce by 2016, as part of cost-cutting measures.

Minister Pat Rabbitte says the expectation is that the job losses will be on a voluntary basis - although he says it will be difficult to achieve that in the current economic climate.

Minister Rabbitte also says he hopes the scale of the cuts may not be as severe as first expected: