Irish Secretary of the NUJ Séamus Dooley has said the sale of the Irish Examiner to The Irish Times offers security and brings a sense of relief to Irish Examiner employees.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, he said there had been a "cloud of uncertainty" over the Irish Examiner's future and yesterday's announcement was significant and brought a sense of relief to Cork. 

"Anything that secures Irish newspapers is good and also that it has been secured by a trust." 

He said The Irish Times has made a strategic decision....and that it made the decision "based on the fact that either the Irish Examiner would collapse or be bought by someone else."

He said both companies have strong unions and the NUJ welcomes the assurance that they will be negotiating with unions.

He said they do not think there will be any redundancies made as a result of the acquisition, adding that they had not yet entered into discussions about employees' pensions.

He said the NUJ would be looking for absolute assurances in terms of "editorial independence" at the Irish Examiner under new ownership. 

The value of the transaction has not been disclosed.