News Ireland is ceasing to publish its daily Times Ireland service

News Ireland, the local arm of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, will cease publishing its daily online edition of The Times Ireland as part of a wider restructuring of its business here.

The move means the loss of four of the current 20 editorial jobs here in The Times and Sunday Times titles. Journalist Nóirín Hegarty was appointed Editor of The Sunday Times Ireland in October last year.

The Times Ireland initially began as a digital product in 2015, but grew significantly in staff with a daily print version launched in 2017. However, this was scaled back with the loss of around 17 jobs in 2019 and the title became a daily online-only product.

The company confirmed that daily Irish edition would be discontinued.

It is understood the move will mean the loss of a further four journalist positions in Dublin from the 20-strong editorial team responsible for The Sunday Times and Times Ireland.

No non-editorial roles will be lost under the plan.

The Business Post reported that 15 employees were asked to reapply for 11 of the remaining editorial positions.

News Ireland confirmed planned operational changes are underway but not the details of the job losses, which a spokesman said are being shared with all staff at the moment.

In a statement, the company, which is part of Rupert Murdoch’s global media empire News Corp, said that “the strategic move is a natural progression in this digital age.”

As part of the ongoing process, News Ireland is relocating staff from its remaining Irish newspapers – The Sunday Times and The Irish Sun – along with staff from its book publishing arm, Harper Collins Ireland, to shared offices with Wireless Radio Group, the Irish radio arm of the Dublins Q102, FM104, Cork’s 96FM, C103, Live95FM and LMFM) later that year.

The office move will facilitate hybrid working and allow for closer collaboration across the News Ireland team, the spokesman said. News Ireland is ceasing to publish its daily Times Ireland service

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