SIPTU Divisional Organiser, Adrian Kane, has said that workers at Tara mines are shocked and disappointed following the announcement by the company that it is to halt production and lay-off 650 employees in the coming weeks. He said: “SIPTU members at Tara Mines are deeply disappointed at the news that 650 workers are to be laid off within the next few weeks and the manner by which it was communicated to them this evening.  “Our members are also concerned that they were not informed in advance of this announcement of temporary lay-offs, without pay, by the company.  “Tara Mines is a critical part of both the local and national economy and we will be engaging with management to discuss how the effects of these lay-offs can be mitigated.”