Launch day for daily

An exciting new era in Irish media opens up tomorrow (Tuesday) with the launch in West Belfast of the new nationalist newspaper, Daily Ireland.

Backed by the Andersonstown News Group and circulated nationwide, the new daily has already given a shot-in-the-arm to the West Belfast economy by creating 40 much-needed jobs.

Its top-drawer roster of columnists includes author Danny Morrison, writer Jude Collins, former Green MEP Patricia McKenna, unionist commentator John Coulter and film-maker and former hunger striker Lawrence McKeown.

With Editor Maria McCourt at the helm, Daily Ireland is pledging an exciting, modern read aimed at thinking readers of all ages.

"This is a quality newspaper for an audience which is crying out for a newspaper which tells the whole story," said Maria. "The professionalism of the news team we've recruited, not only from across Ireland but across the globe, has thoroughly impressed me and I'm confident that we'll be first for scoops, sports and features."

Pioneering a complete new look in newspapers, Daily Ireland has been designed by Tony Sutton of Canadian-based News Design Associates who is in Belfast for the launch. Also advising on the editorial approach of the new paper has been former Chicago Tribune Editor Howard Tyner while managerial support for the project has come from Fermanagh businessman and former GAA President Peter Quinn.

The breakfast launch of Daily Ireland will take place in the Cultúrlann at 8am on Tuesday February 1 – St Brigid's Day and traditionally the start of spring – and all are welcome.

Journalist:: Staff Reporter

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