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Mirror to slash staff by 10% on Irish titles

The Irish edition of the Daily Mirror will cut around 10% of its workforce and merge its daily edition with the Sunday edition as the title's parent battles to reduce costs here and in the UK.

Staff in Dublin and Belfast were told about the cuts yesterday as the newspaper's owners announced severe cuts at the newspaper’s main operation in London.

Around 200 editorial jobs will be lost across the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People titles. News and features departments are set to be merged as well as digital and print publishing teams.

The Mirror was once the biggest circulating newspaper in Britain but steadily lost ground to The Sun and the Daily Mail which now outsell the traditionally left-leaning newspaper. The Mirror was the only major UK newspaper to support the Labour Party in last month's elections.

In Ireland, the Sunday Mirror's Irish edition, which sells fewer than 40,000 copies, will now be run by the editor of the daily newspaper, John Kierans.

The Daily Mirror had an average circulation of 63,153 in the second half of last year, with much of that circulation north of border.

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