Observer Newspapers has announced the closure of 11 local newspapers across Ireland due to what it described as a “steady decline in advertising and readership.”

The titles that will close are: Armagh Observer, Armagh-Down Observer, Ballymena Chronicle, Dundalk Advertiser, Dungannon Observer, Fermanagh News, Lurgan and Portadown Examiner, Mid-Ulster Observer, Newry Advertiser, The Democrat and Ulster Farmer.

Final editions will be published this week (w/e 16 April 2017).

Commenting on the announcement, a spokesperson for Observer Newspapers said: “The management of Observer Newspapers NI Ltd regret to announced that this is the final edition of this weekly newspaper.

“The newspaper industry has been subject to a steady decline in advertising and readership over recent years.

“In these challenging circumstances Observer Newspapers has struggled to sustain long-term sustainability. We regret that this has led to a decision to cease publication.

“We wish to sincerely thank our readers and advertisers for their support down through the years.”

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