An ink-jet printer used by some Irish businesses has gone the way of the dodo, with the business community outraged over the demise of the machines.
It comes as Cork-based company Epson has been hit with a class action by customers who claim the printer was not safe to use and it caused “significant and irreparable harm”.
In a statement, the company said that it was “devastated” by the news of the printer’s demise.
“As the company we have a long and proud history of producing quality, affordable and reliable printers, but this is the last of our family of inkjet printers,” the statement read.
The printer, dubbed the ‘Epson Inkjet Copier’, has long been popular with businesses and customers.
It has become one of the top-selling printers in the world and is available in more than 80 countries.
The company has been running a range of printer models for more than 15 years and it was designed to be used in print shops and in home offices.
It can be purchased in several different colours, from blue to pink.
“It is a beautiful machine, but the safety issue with this printer was an absolute disaster,” a customer from Cork told The Irish Express.
“The inkjet cartridge could have burst into flames and killed anyone in the vicinity.”
We bought the machine and had no idea what we were getting into.
“The company’s statement said it was working to repair the printer, which is in the process of being repainted.”
Unfortunately, due to the inherent nature of the printing industry, it is extremely difficult to fix the machine without having it completely rebuilt,” the company added.
The printers death comes as the Irish government considers scrapping a controversial business tax break that was given to a company run by a man named Martin Breen.
Mr Breen is accused of misappropriating money from a business that employs more than 100 people and is owned by his brother.
The tax break was granted to Mr Breen in 2009 to enable him to operate a business in Cork that was part of a larger estate, which was owned by Mr Bynes brother.
A spokesperson for the Department of Finance confirmed that the Department was considering scrapping the tax break.”
Any tax breaks given to Mr Martin Bens are awarded by the Department under the Revenue Commissioners (REC) and should not be taken away, including in the case of his business,” the spokesperson said.
The Government is considering scrappling the tax breaks that were given to the Breen brothers, as they were part of an estate.
The business tax breaks were given for businesses that are owned by the brother and his partner, who own a number of businesses including a furniture business and a bank.
Mr Jnr has been charged with a number on tax offences and could face up to seven years in prison if convicted.