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Irish News

The Irish News
Type Daily newspaper
Format Compact
Owner Fitzpatrick Family
Editor Noel Doran
Founded 15 August 1891
Political alignment Irish nationalist
Language English, Irish
Headquarters 113–117 Donegall Street
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Circulation 43,647 (December 2010-June 2011)[1]
Official website

The Irish News is a compact-sized daily newspaper based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is perceived as being broadly Irish nationalist in outlook. It focuses primarily on Ulster content, though it is also available throughout Ireland.


The Irish News is the only independently owned daily newspaper based in Northern Ireland and has been so since its launch on 15 August 1891 as an anti-Parnell newspaper by Dr Patrick MacAlister.[2] It merged with the Belfast Morning News in August 1892, and the full title of the paper since been The Irish News and Belfast Morning News.[3][4]

Bringing events more up-to-date, the paper saw a dramatic growth in its circulation, with the beginning of The Troubles in 1968, peaking around the time of the peak in violence in 1971 and declining thereafter.

Most newspapers were slow to recognise that this would be only a short–term situation, and coupled with major changes in how radio and television news was presented, circulation declined almost as rapidly as it had risen.

In June 1982, the paper came under control of the company’s present owners.

Recent expansion

The Irish News is part of the Northern Media Group consortium who own six radio stations across Northern Ireland: Five FM, Six FM, Seven FM, Q97.2, Q101.2 and Q102.9. They are also involved with one of the fastest expanding local newspaper companies on both sides of the border, River Media, who, along with Alpha Newspapers, are also investors in the Northern Media Group.


In the period December 2010-June 2011, it had an average daily circulation of 43,647.[1]


External links

  • The Irish News online
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