Northern Ireland

Around 30 jobs to go as Linton and Robinsons closes

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Media captionLinton and Robinsons in Strabane has been put into administration

A long established family-run business in Strabane, County Tyrone, has closed with the loss of about 30 jobs.

Linton and Robinsons, which has a store on Dock Street and one on Abercorn Street, sold furniture, hardware and agricultural supplies.

The business had been operating in the town since 1954.

The company's directors said it had become unsustainable due to poor trading conditions.

In a statement, they said: "The only responsible course of action was to voluntarily cease trading and liquidate the company."

'Traumatic time'

"Our profound sadness is the job loss suffered by a dedicated and faithful workforce. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them and all our customers over the last six decades," the directors said.

In 2005, the shop on Abercorn Street was attacked by dissident republicans who planted a firebomb at the premises, causing extensive damage.

Independent councillor Eugene McMenamin said the business closure was "an upsetting and traumatic time for the staff".