This has got to be worrying, given that Dell employs nearly 4500 people in Ireland. Most down in Limerick. I know that many Chinese people work part-time there. Of course, may locals and East Europeans work there also. It's not just manufacturing down there, they have an R&D department there.
What's confusing is Dell is still on a recruitment drive, even with these rumours . I only hope that the impact is not as bad as it seems. I suppose this is one of the many dangers of relying on large corporate US companies.