. . . .Over the next six months, 90 voluntary redundancies will be sought from 455 staff. The company employs a total of 2,300 people in Carlow, Dublin, Tipperary, Wicklow and Cork. The job cuts follow a decision by the company to reduce production levels of the Hepatitis C drug Interferon. MSD site manager Matt Corcoran said that "reducing the workforce is necessary and sadly unavoidable for the site to stay competitive". . . .Here's to hoistin' one -- for my cousins -- stay strong! It will get better. And already a tech company -- Hittite Microwave -- has announced 30 new jobs, in Cork this afternoon, local time. Sure, and begorrah.