As a result of Three Ireland’s merger with O2, the company is set to make 160 people redundant. 75 people who work in their retail shops around the country will lose their job while the remaining 85 will come from the company’s head office in Dublin.

It’s not all bad news though as Three have said they’ll create 90 new customer care positions in Limerick over the next year while another 25 jobs have already been created in its network division.

Commenting on the layoffs, Three Ireland’s CEO Robert Finnegan said: “These staffing changes are designed to redirect resources to enhance service and to ensure an efficient network that best serves our customer needs. We had signalled that integrating two businesses would inevitably result in some duplication of roles, and whereas we can’t side-step that challenge, we can and will ensure that departing staff are treated fairly and generously