Southern and Eastern; Dublin;
Location of affected unit(s)
Information / Communication
Publishing Of Information; Production And Programming Of Audiovisual
Publishing Activities
58 - Publishing activities

205 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
23 April 2004
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
21 May 2004


Independent Newspapers in Dublin is seeking up to 205 redundancies, almost a third of its workforce in the capital - to be completed by the end of May 2004. Independent Newspapers announced that it plans to outsource many of the functions currently carried out in its Middle Abbey Street operation in Dublin. The Irish Independent, Evening Herald and Sunday Independent are produced at its Dublin office. The redundancies are affecting clerical, administrative, telesales, finance and pre-press areas. Journalists in Middle Abbey Street and printing staff at City West, both in Dublin, are not affected by the decision. Clerical, administrative, telesales and pre-press functions are increasingly being outsourced by the company and it is negotiating with various 'service providers' to perform these tasks in future. A comprehensive severance package is on offer ranging from 40,000 euros for an employee with short service to 260,000 euros for an employee with 40 years' service.


  • 27 May 2004: Industrial relations news
  • 24 April 2004: The Irish Times


Eurofound (2004), Independent Newspapers, Outsourcing in Ireland, factsheet number 60384, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/60384.