Restructuring at Donegal Democrat Group Newspapers

Johnston Press, owners of the Donegal Democrat Group of newspapers, has undertaken a detailed review of its publishing strategy for the Donegal market.

Johnston Press, owners of the Donegal Democrat Group of newspapers, has undertaken a detailed review of its publishing strategy for the Donegal market.

As a result of the review, the company has announced the following proposal today to staff:

* Closure of the Donegal on Sunday title;

* Reduction and re-organisation of editorial resources to focus on the company’s other brand leading titles in Donegal, the Donegal Democrat (Tuesday edition), Donegal People’s Press and the Donegal Democrat (Thursday) and our website www.donegaldemocrat.ie

It is anticipated there will be a net reduction of three full time equivalent editorial roles as a result of this proposal. Prior to any implementation, the company has sought voluntary redundancies and will consult individually and collectively with all staff as appropriate.

It is anticipated that this consultation process will be complete by early August 2012. In the event this proposal goes ahead, the company will endeavour to minimise the impact through re-deployment to alternative positions and voluntary redundancy.