Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has confirmed about 140 job cuts at Twitter after his department was informed of the cuts by the social media company today.
r Varadkar, the Enterprise Minister, confirmed the job cuts on Friday night and said his department “finally” received a layoff notice earlier in the day from Twitter, which employs 500 people in Ireland.
“It’s about 140 redundancies, of course my thoughts are with the staff affected, there’s about a third of the Dublin workforce being made redundant and they can rest assured that they’ll get a lot of government help,” he said.
On the company’s general crisis, he said speculation about Twitter’s demise was “a bit premature at this point.”
Mr Varadkar said the government will use all available social media platforms to get its message out
“We’re not dependent on it at all,” he said.
He said there was no indication at this point that there would be any further job losses at Twitter.
Mr Varadkar was speaking in Athlone, where the Fine Gael ard fheis begins on Saturday, where he also said the government would seek to set up a special Oireachtas committee to deal with proposed legislation on the dying proposed by the late Vicky Phelan Early in the New Year will be championed, if not before Christmas.
Meanwhile, regarding his party’s fate in general, he said the “tremendous progress” made over the past 10 years should be recognised.
He said if the Fine Gael had learned anything from 12 years in government, it was this: “What you want in any country is a tried and tested party in government, capable of handling crises”.
On the housing crisis, Mr Varadkar said planning applications had been approved for 70,000 new houses and apartments that he hoped to build over the next two years.
“There’s a profitability issue and we recognize that, particularly when it comes to housing but sometimes also when it comes to housing developments, just the current circumstances with the cost of materials and the unpredictability of interest rates and so on.
“Some builders don’t think it’s profitable to build and we need to evaluate that and work out how government intervention could change the profitability equation and tip the balance back in favor of construction.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/tanaiste-leo-varadkar-confirms-that-around-140-jobs-are-to-go-at-twitter-42156106.html Tánaiste Leo Varadkar confirms that around 140 posts will be cut on Twitter