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18 bookies are closed

A further 16 Celtic Bookmakers shops have closed, bringing the total number of shops closed to 18 since the company was put into receivership on January 4. The company is owned by former minister Ivan Yates.

The closures will see 56 workers losing their jobs. All employees will receive their full statutory entitlements. The company had employed 237 people.

Receiver Neil Hughes of Hughes Blake said it is now apparent that the remaining 29 shops are viable businesses and remain open around the country, continuing to trade as normal.

The shops to close in Dublin are the Dean Street, Dun Laoghaire, Blanchardstown and Phibsboro branches.