Daily Ireland newspaper breaks through 10,000-mark

By Dominic Ponsford
 

New Nationalist Belfast-based paper Daily Ireland has been given a launch ABC figure of 10,467.

 
The official circulation figure
could bring to an end a Government advertising ban on the title which
has been in place since its launch on February 1 and led to staff cutbacks.
The Northern Ireland Office has refused to advertise with the title
until it has seen an official ABC figure.
 
Daily Ireland is published by Andersonstown News Group and concentrates
its coverage on Northern Ireland and the northern counties of the
Republic.
 
Managing director Mairtin O Muilleoir said: “Our daily sale of 10,467
is a monumental achievement when you consider the opposition from
unionists north and south to Daily Ireland and shows there is a real
thirst for a paper which wears its nationalist heart on its sleeve.
 
“This is a vindication of the hard work put in by the entire workforce
at Daily Ireland and will be music to the ears of our readers and our
investors.”
 
He added: “With over 100 issues under our belts, Daily Ireland is set
to grow in the weeks, months and years ahead. When combined with our
other newspapers – Andersonstown News, North Belfast News, South
Belfast News and La – to give a circulation of over 45,000, Daily
Ireland now offers advertisers a compelling proposition.”
 
West Belfast
MP Gerry Adams has been lobbying Secretary of State for Northern
Ireland Peter Hain over the issue of Government adverts
being placed in Daily Ireland.
 
He said: “This is a vital project creating 30 jobs in the heart of West
Belfast and it deserves to be treated fairly.
 
“Peter Hain told me last week that Daily Ireland would be treated
the same as the other dailies once its audited figures were submitted.
I trust he will now deliver on that pledge.”
 
 newspaper Daily Ireland editor Maria
McCourt said: “We’re continuing to set the news agenda and bring on
exciting new writers, such as GAA great Jarlath Burns, and our
intention is to continue to develop this exciting daily newspaper.”
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