Belfast Telegraph

Andersonstown News publisher puts print hall on the market

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By Margaret Canning

Newswpaper publisher Belfast Media Group, led by Sinn Fein MLA Mairtin O Mueilloir, said it's marking "the end of an era" as it puts its print hall on the market.

The company, which publishes the Andersonstown News, South Belfast News and North Belfast News, is selling the Hannahstown Hill property next to its main offices for £300,000.

Its newspapers have been printed by Johnston Press plc - publishers of the Newsletter - at the Carn Industrial Estate in Portadown since last year.

A spokesman for the group said it had contracted out its printing "and has now decommissioned its printing press".

"We are marketing that space for commercial use. It would suit a light engineering or manufacturing enterprise or a company with expansive warehousing needs," he said.

But he said a community use could also be found. "However, we haven't ruled out, planning permissions being available, a mixed-use development and are speaking with one cultural group with ambitious plans for a theatre," he added.

"The decommissioning of the printing press marks the end of an era but we are confident a new owner of the print hall will continue to create jobs and build community."

The print hall is on sale through joint agents McKibbin and The Hopkins Partnership.

Mr O'Mueilloir took over the Andersonstown News in 1997, the flagship title of what became the Belfast Media Group.

He was appointed to the post of Finance Minister in the NI Assembly after being returned as a Sinn Fein in South Belfast in 2016.

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