Daily Ireland hits the newsstands
Andersonstown News Group keeps going from strength to strength

The eagerly awaited new nationalist daily newspaper Daily Ireland hit the newsstands this week amidst a blaze of publicity.

The Andersonstown News Group backed daily was launched on Tuesday morning in the Cultúrlann in West Belfast and on Tuesday afternoon in Croke Park in Dublin.

Local political and business leaders were present at the launch of the paper as well as representatives from the community sector and the clergy.

The new daily paper has created 40 jobs and represents a new era for newspapers in the North.

Andersonstown News Group Managing Director Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said that it was a real triumph to see Daily Ireland on the newsstands after almost a year of intense preparations.

“This is a wonderful boost to the economy of West Belfast and a fillip to readers seeking a paper which speaks up for them,” said Máirtin.

“Credit goes to the Daily Ireland team who have made the dream of a new national — and nationalist — daily a reality.

“We intend to provide a fresh, vibrant, dynamic package for the modern reader who wants a paper which is tops for sport, exclusives and features,” he added.

Daily Ireland have also announced a first-class line-up of columnists which includes Damien Kiberd, Tom McGurk and Patricia McKenna as well as Danny Morrison and Jude Collins.

The new daily newspaper features a bright and innovative new design, unique to Ireland, created by Canadian-based designer Tony Sutton while among the advisers to the project is former Chicago Tribune Editor Howard Tyner.

The West Belfast Partnership Board has sent their best wishes following the launch of Daily Ireland.

Chairman of the group Gerry Carson said that the launch was a momentous landmark both for the Andersonstown News Group and for newspaper publishing in Ireland.

“All connected with this exciting development have faced many challenges in taking the project from a vision to reality,” said Gerry. “In doing so they have displayed in abundance that courage which the people of West Belfast have demonstrated so often with determination and passion.

“In establishing Daily Ireland you help fulfil the major objective of the West Belfast Task Force recommendations by bringing much needed new jobs to the area and adding value to the local economy.

“But, in reaching out beyond West, and indeed all of Belfast, you also raise the profile of the home of the Andersonstown News Group, showing that in the world of developing entrepreneurial talent, West Belfast is to the forefront,” he added.

Journalist:: Staff Reporter

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