Southern and Eastern; Dublin;
Location of affected unit(s)
Kildare (mid-east Ireland)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.3 - Manufacture of parts and accessories for motor vehicles
New offshoring locations
Not Available

280 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
1 December 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2007


Some 280 workers at Magna Donnelly Electronics in Naas, Co Kildare, are to lose their jobs following the announcement by the company's Canadian owners that they intend to close the factory. Operations are expected to cease by the end of 2007. The company, which manufactures mirrors for the automotive industry, said it would hold a 30-day consultation period with its employees on the proposed closure. Production is to be switched to other Magna plants in the United States and Europe. The decision to close came after months of evaluating the facility's financial status, operational performance and future products, according to a statement issued by the company. The company said the decision was a difficult one, "particularly considering the impact it will have on employees and the community" but it insisted a combination of declining sales, competition and high costs had made the facility no longer viable. Employees and unions had been kept informed regarding the possible closure over the past few months, the company said. "Management will now focus on a smooth transition of current business to other Magna facilities while at the same time providing assistance to employees as they seek new employment," the company added. However, a Siptu trade union branch organiser at the plant said the news had come as a blow to workers.


  • 1 December 2006: The Irish Times


Eurofound (2006), Magna Donnelly, Offshoring/Delocalisation in Ireland, factsheet number 64582, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64582.