Irish Enterprise and Trade Minister Mary Coughlan has sought a meeting with Kraft Foods amid fears over 1,200 Cadbury jobs.

She told parliament that the government "will provide every support possible" in a bid to maintain the jobs at plants in Dublin and Rathmore, Co Kerry.

"I have been advised it will be difficult to make the case for Cadbury's sustainability in Ireland in the context of the overproduction and oversupply that will arise," she said.

Kraft this week said it would close Cadbury's Somerdale plant in the UK, which it earlier said it would keep open.