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Former printer of 'Examiner' lays off 26 staff

THE company that printed the 'Irish Examiner' prior to its receivership has been forced to lay off 26 staff.

Cork-based Webprint Concepts has been in crisis since newspaper group Thomas Crosbie Holdings (TCH), which owned the 'Irish Examiner', went into receivership at the start of March.

Staff were told of the job cuts at a meeting yesterday.

They have been working reduced hours since the TCH collapse which had the effect of terminating printing contracts that were Webprint Concepts' main business.

The remaining 20 Webprint staff will now see their hours increased again, thanks to some new business won since the TCH collapse, including short term contracts to print the 'Sunday Business Post', the company said.

The Sunday newspaper was not sold when TCH's main assets, including the 'Irish Examiner', several radio stations and regional newspapers, were sold to a new owner Landmark Media Investments, owned by Thomas and Ted Crosbie. The 'Sunday Business Post' is now in examinership and seeking a buyer.

Irish Independent