Our 40-plus job plan gets thumbs-up from community sector

Community groups across Belfast have been giving their backing this week to the planned new daily newspaper, Daily Ireland.

As key staff for the newspaper take up their posts at the Teach Basil headquarters of the Andersonstown News Group, West Belfast Partnership Board chair Gerry Carson has been kicking off our subscribers’ campaign.

"I’m signing up to Daily Ireland because the opportunities to improve the economy by having more jobs, by keeping money circulating within West Belfast has to be a good thing,” he said. “I think the Andersonstown News have proved themselves to be, over the years, very successful in seeking out new business and this is an example of entrepreneurship in West Belfast.

“I think they spotted a gap in the market and they’re going to fill that gap and in doing so they are going to bring more jobs into the area, they’re going to give more young people opportunities to enhance their lives, by seeking any of the range of jobs that are available, from sales reps to trainee reporters, so I think it’s a good thing, and on behalf of the Partnership Board, I’m delighted to sign up to the subscription to Daily Ireland."

Daily Ireland Subscriptions Campaign Manager Connla Lawlor says she’s confident of rolling out an American-style subscriptions campaign across the country.

“Our potential readers are passionate about obtaining an alternative to the papers in the market at present, and the truly national proposition of the new title appeals to them.”

Over the past ten days, Connla has been hosting meetings of potential subscribers on both sides of the border. “People are more aware today than ever of their own economic clout,” she said. “They realise that they no longer have to accept second-best. Daily Ireland promises to respect and reflect opinions which are marginalised at present while producing a modern, dynamic, vibrant newspaper.”

Daily Ireland editor Maria McCourt says interviews have now concluded for editorial staff.

“We’ve been deeply impressed by the calibre of applicants and are delighted that we’ve now appointed a Deputy Editor, Sports Editor, News Editor and Chief Designer. Canadian-based designer Tony Sutton has made a good start to his work of designing the new paper and we’re confident it will be the brightest and most striking paper on the news shelves each morning,” she said.

Tony Sutton previously designed the Birmingham News in Alabama and the Novia Scotia Chronicle Herald as well as papers in South Africa and Europe.
Other community groups in the west of the city backing the new initiative are the Falls Community Council, Falls Women’s Centre and Springhill Community House.

“We’re overwhelmed at the enthusiastic support of the community sector across the North and Border Counties,” adds Andersonstown News Group head Máirtín Ó Muilleoir. “People really understand the historic importance of the new paper and the vital role it will play in community regeneration.

“No newspaper has a record to compare with the Andersonstown News when it comes to defending our community and likewise when it comes to singing the praises of our communities as witnessed by the Aisling Awards.

“Our secret weapon has always been our community support and that’s the guarantee of success for Daily Ireland.”

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