Lirc removed with recent osmc update


last week I installed the recent update (osmc/Kodi 17.6, 2017.12-1 Linux 4.9.29-13-osmc) and my remote control did not work any longer.
As far as I could see, lirc has been removed. Furthermore, my configuration files have been deleted.
Is this a known bug? What could I do? Complete new installation and configuration of lirc?