Northern Ireland

24 Belfast jobs to go at Independent News and Media

Newspapers being printed
Image caption Independent News owns and prints the Belfast Telegraph at its Royal Avenue premises.

Twenty-four jobs are to go at Independent News and Media's printing operation in Belfast following a substantial transfer of production to its plant in Newry.

Independent News owns and prints the Belfast Telegraph at Royal Avenue.

The move will reduce its printing workforce in Northern Ireland from 175 to 151.

Its deputy chief executive Richard McClean said the decision was based on economic reasons.

"We deeply regret the loss of printing jobs in Belfast but the decision means we are securing the future of our business and strengthening our competitiveness," he said.

The company said there would be a number of redeployment opportunities within the Newry operation for those affected in Belfast.

"We aim to implement the job losses voluntarily with enhanced severance terms on offer," said Mr McClean.

The Newry presses will print all weekday editions of the Belfast Telegraph in full colour from mid-March.