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NUJ statement on Landmark acquisition by Irish Times

10 July 2018

The National Union of Journalists notes the acquisition of the Landmark publishing group by The Irish Times. Séamus Dooley, Irish Secretary NUJ, said:

“Staff at all of the media organisations including The Examiner and Echo have endured a period of great uncertainty. We welcome the commitment of the new owners to honour existing agreements and to work in a collaborative way with the trade unions.The NUJ enjoys a positive relationship with The Irish Times and our chapel at the newspaper has successfully negotiated a number of agreements over the years. In a challenging time for the media industry, the acquisition by The Irish Times is a welcome development.The fact that the various titles and stations have been acquired by an indigenous company is of particular significance.

"We are encouraged by the fact that management have engaged immediately with the trade union representatives and we hope that this sets a headline for the future. Our priority is the preservation of terms and conditions of employment. It is encouraging that the Irish Times is strongly committed to the maintenance of the editorial independence of the titles.
"The Examiner, in particular, occupies a proud place in the history of the Irish media and will continue to do so under the new owners. The success of the newspapers and radio stations involved in this acquisition is in no small measure due to the contribution of the staff and we will be engaging with the new owners to discuss future development plans. I am pleased to confirm that we have secured a commitment that all agreements will be honoured.”

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