‘We have a lot of respect for the people who worked on the job’: Irish printer apologises for firing staff after Brexit

The printing company behind an image-editing service in Cork that fired a group of workers after Brexit has apologised.

Image: Shutterstock.comThe ImageJock printer was the first in Cork to use the technology after the Irish government approved the use of inkjet printers for the first time.

However, the firm has been forced to suspend its operations in the city due to the Brexit vote.

It has issued a statement saying it “had no choice” but to “put its people at risk”.

“We have made the decision to suspend operations in Cork due to Brexit and are deeply sorry that we have had to put our people at serious risk,” ImageJocks spokesperson John Walsh told The Irish Mail.

“The firm is committed to ensuring that our printing team continues to operate as efficiently and safely as possible and we will continue to support them with support and training in order to ensure we remain an effective printing and publishing company for Cork.”

ImageJock employs approximately 150 people and employs a third of them in Cork.

It is understood that the firing of the group was not a result of the Brexit decision, but was prompted by an incident last year.

ImageJocks owner John Walsh is facing legal action after he allegedly fired his staff following the Brexit referendum.

Image caption John Walsh’s company ImageJacks employs approximately 300 people in Cork, but employs less than half of them due to its use of the technologyThe company was created in 2014 by the owner of the now-defunct Lulu brand, and employs around 300 people.

Image copyright John Walsh/The Irish Mail ImageJicks printing facility in Cork was set up in 2014, and has since become one of the largest in the country, employing over 300 people, according to The Irish Post.

It employs a majority of its workforce from the Dublin City area, with some of its staff from the suburbs.

In a statement, the company said it had been working closely with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) since the Brexit result.

“As a result, we have put in place an internal review and are working to ensure our operations are safe and secure in the future,” it said.

“ImageJacks’ board of directors are fully supportive of the company’s approach and are looking forward to continuing to work closely with them in the years ahead.”

Image caption The company employs a substantial number of staff from Dublin City, but some of them live in other parts of the cityImage copyright ImageJokes, the Irish Post said, “has a long history of supporting the Irish economy, providing a reliable source of employment and a secure source of income for local businesses”.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption ImageJokers has also been active in the digital media space, helping companies such as Twitter and LinkedIn with digital marketing campaigns, and working with Facebook to create an in-house advertising platform.

The company is expected to appeal the decision, which is due to be handed down by a High Court judge on Friday.