Remaining 'Voice' group newspapers close doors
The two remaining units of the newspaper group in which millionaire entrepreneur Niall Mellon is a major investor closed their doors suddenly yesterday.
Staff at the 'Tallaght Voice' and 'Kilkenny Voice' newspapers were informed that the group was folding yesterday afternoon. There was no prior notice of the imminent closure.
At the Kilkenny premises, staff said a brief announcement was made by founding director John Sheils and the locks on the premises were then changed. The two newspapers employed around a dozen staff each.
The Voice Provincial Newspapers group was set up in 2005 by former 'Sunday World' managing editor John Sheils. Mr Sheils and Susan Sheils are the two directors of the company.
At its largest stage, it consisted of 10 regional newspapers in the 'Voice' name: Kilkenny, Laois, Tipperary, Kildare, Liffey, Tallaght, Cavan, Monaghan, Naas and Galway. Initially the newspapers had a cover price of €1.80 but later they became free-sheet publications.
In March of this year, the Cavan Voice and the Monaghan Voice (both based in Cavan town) closed, closely followed by the Kildare Voice, the Naas Voice, the Liffey Voice (all three based in Naas), the Laois Voice in Portlaoise and the Tipperary Voice in Clonmel. The Galway city-based title closed in October. Each publication employed between 10 and 12 people.
Neither Mr Sheils nor Mr Mellon responded to requests for comment yesterday.