Staff at a Cork hotel and golf resort which has closed for January are facing temporary layoffs after being told an extended closure could save the owner thousands in commercial rates.
It follows a meeting between representatives of the owners of the Blarney Hotel and Golf Resort and staff members late last week.
The staff were told that following discussions with Cork City Council, the owners are considering extending the closure into February to secure a rate cut for a vacant premises.
Premises which are classed as vacant pay rates at a 50% discount.
Staff were told that by extending the closure through February, the owners could save €12,000 in rates.