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Saturday 26 July 2014

Irish News of the World staff may get other positions

News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and Rupert Murdoch are seen outside Mr Murdochs London flat. Sunday July 10, 2011.
Prime Minister David Cameron, pictured addressing the media yesterday, said that his desire to win support from News International's newspapers had led him to turn 'a blind eye' as evidence grew of widespread illegality at the News of the World
SUN VALLEY, ID - JULY 07: Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, attends the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference with his wife Wendi on July 7, 2011 in Sun Valley, Idaho. The conference has been hosted annually by the investment firm Allen & Company each July since 1983 and is typically attended by many of the world's most powerful media executives. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Staff at the Irish News of the World are facing an uncertain future.

All 22 employees of the UK paper's Irish edition have been asked to be available over the next two weeks to be individually informed of the intentions of management, with the possibility of being offered “other positions”.

Staff will receive full pay for the next three months.

There are also 10 part-time staff as well as columnists, including hurling legend DJ Carey.

Despite speculation that the paper would be rebranded, employees have not been informed about plans to launch a new title, such as the rumoured ‘Sun on Sunday'.

On Friday, letters were sent out informing employees they were under threat of redundancy.

The Irish title, which is edited by Geoffrey Frazer, from Banbridge, had a circulation of around 120,000 in recent months.

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