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Derry closure a 'betrayal' says NUJ

4 June 2008

Independent News and Media has decided to close the Derry office of the Belfast Telegraph. The NUJ has condemned the decision, calling it an act of bad faith.

NUJ members were told the office was closing as part of a rationalisation programme.

There will be no compulsory redundancies but the union believes all four journalists' jobs should be retained in Derry rather than transferred to Belfast.

Séamus Dooley, NUJ Irish secretary, said:

"The move represents a betrayal of the commitment made by Sir Anthony O’Reilly when he opened the North West Telegraph offices in 2004. Sir Anthony described the opening as 'consolidating' the commitment of Independent News and Media to the Derry/North West region.
"That commitment has been exposed as a hollow promise. When INM took over the Belfast Telegraph, very specific commitments were given about the future of the newspaper.
"This represents another act of bad faith and our members are worried about what other proposals are coming down the track."

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