Mon, 01/03/2010 - 07:16
W H Smith looks to be first in the queue for Hughes & Hughes' airport shops, according to the Irish Post. "WHS is believed to be particularly interested in taking control of Hughes & Hughes’ valuable concession shops at Dublin and Cork Airports. Both shops continued to trade over the weekend."
Easons is also a...
Mon, 01/03/2010 - 05:20
The manager of the flagship Dublin branch of Irish bookseller Eason has described last year as "the worst we've ever experienced", in the wake of news late last week that Hughes & Hughes had entered administration.
Fri, 19/02/2010 - 07:22
Members of the Irish union Siptu have voted to back Eason's proposals to defer last year's Christmas bonus. The union is seeking a meeting with Eason's management to discuss its future plans.
Last year the Irish bookseller backtracked from imposing a 12.5% pay cut on its 1,500 employees.
However, it proposed deferring...
Wed, 17/02/2010 - 16:03
Ireland's oldest independent publisher Mercier Press is to cut its 2010 literary list, after higher-than-expected funding cuts from Ireland's Arts Council.
The Cork-based group has seen its funding for this year slashed from £32,000 to £20,000—a drop of 37.5%. As a result, some titles which had been contracted...
Wed, 20/01/2010 - 14:26
Book sales in Ireland in 2009 fell by 5%, according to Nielsen BookScan's measure of the Irish Consumer Market. Not a bad result in this environment, and still comfortably above 2007 levels.
However, these resolute sales mask some worrying trends that look likely to continue in 2010. The first of these is that Irish publishers are...
Mon, 11/01/2010 - 07:21
Independent Irish firm The O'Brien Press has teamed up with cereal manufacturer Kellogg's and bookseller Hughes & Hughes to encourage reading through a 'Storytime' promotion.
Six books published by the press will be made available to readers for free, if they collect vouchers from packets of Kellogg's Rice...
Sun, 06/12/2009 - 09:20
Booksellers at Irish chain Eason will not receive a Christmas bonus this year after a court said the retailer should complete a review of its business first. The dispute over bonuses had been referred to the Irish Labour Court after Eason and Irish trade union Siptu (Services, Industrial, Professional & Technical Union) failed to reach an...
Tue, 01/12/2009 - 08:04
A new independent bookshop has opened in Dublin. The Gutter Bookshop was launched on 26th November by author John Boyne and children's author Anthony Horowitz.
The shop was set up by Bob Johnston, who has been a bookseller for 20 years at Blackwell, Ottakars and Waterstone's in the UK and Ireland, and was most recently fiction...
Sun, 08/11/2009 - 10:00
Irish bookseller Eason is trying to impose a 12.5% pay cut on its 1,500 employees. The move has been resisted by staff, with a meeting being held today (6th November) at the Irish Labour Court to resolve the dispute.
Irish trade union Siptu (the Services, Industrial, Professional & Technical Union) described the proposed descrease in...
Thu, 01/10/2009 - 07:00
Great Irish Book Week was launched today (1st October) with the aim of "rekindling the nation's passion for books". Running from 24th–31st October, the campaign, which focuses primarily on promoting Irish published books, is led by Publishing Ireland with support from over 200 booksellers.
Alan Hayes, president of...