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Staff at the Metro Herald are having a bit of fun on its last day

Thirteen staff will be made redundant as the paper closes.
Dec 19th 2014, 7:18 AM 16,361 27

DUBLIN COMMUTERS LOST their morning reading material today as the Metro Herald printed its last issue.

Thirteen full-time staff will be made redundant as publisher Fortunegreen Ltd shuts the doors on the paper, which has been on the streets of the capital since 2005.

Metro Herald is jointly-owned by the Irish Times Ltd, DMG Media, which publishes the Irish Daily Mail, and Independent News and Media (INM).

Staff on the company’s GoMetro.ie website found time for some gallows humour today:

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They also posted a “lovely” farewell video, saying:

THE last nine years have been a real rollercoaster ride for the readers, merchandisers and staff of Metro Herald.

Thank you all so much for the flood of good wishes that came in after we told you that today would be our final issue.

We can’t thank you enough, but we did make you a little video to bid you all adieu.

Live long and prosper, Dublin.

Source: BadfishKoo/YouTube

The paper began as Metro in 2005 and was owned by the Irish Times and DMG but became its current incarnation when it merged with INM-owned Herald AM in 2008.

Fortunegreen says it has been “fighting a rear-guard action fuelled by a prolonged recession and an evolving media landscape”.

The “casually-employed merchandisers” who distribute the paper will also lose their jobs handing out the 65,000 copies of the paper.

Read: Say it ain’t so? Metro Herald will be published for the last time on Friday

Read: People are really going to miss the staff who hand out the Metro Herald

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