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More job cuts for Johnston Press titles

JOHNSTON Press continued its Irish cutbacks yesterday, announcing "three-and-a-half" editorial job cuts at the 'Limerick Leader' and two redundancies at the 'Kilkenny People'.

The latest move comes a week after the UK regional newspaper group unveiled plans to move 19 production jobs from Limerick to Antrim. Johnston is looking to shave £30m from its annual cost base.

Editorial staff at the 'Limerick Leader' were given news of the job cuts at an afternoon meeting yesterday. Johnston intends to do the redundancies on a voluntary basis and is understood to be offering three weeks' pay per year of service.

The targeted cutbacks make up more than 10pc of the paper's 29-strong editorial team. Local sources also confirmed that three journalists that left in the last year had not been replaced.

In the 'Kilkenny People', the job cuts are understood to involve non-editorial staff. Johnston owns 15 regional titles and two printing presses in the Republic. It aborted attempts to sell the Irish business early this year after failing to secure sufficient bids.

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