Irish Post returns to the newsstand

The Irish Post returned to the newsstand today with its first edition since being save by Irish businessman Elgin Loane.

The paper returns after an eight-week gap following Irish newspaper group Thomas Crosbie Holdings’s decision to close it on 19 August with the loss of ten jobs.

Following formal liquidation Loane, who owns classified ads magazine Loot, lodged a winning bid to buy the title on 30 September, ahead of four rival bids.

The campaign to save the paper was backed by 75 MPs who signed an Early Day motion supporting its revival and the Federation of Irish Societies, an umbrella group for Irish clubs and societies in Britain.

Irish Post chief executive Niamh Kelly said: ‘The paper has been the voice of the Irish in Britain since 1970 and has a proud history of campaigning on the issues affecting the community here. With more young economic migrants than ever before now coming to Britain from Ireland, there is as great a need as ever for such a publication as The Irish Post. ‘

‘It’s great to have the paper back on the newsstands again, where it belongs. The response from our readers has been fantastic. We would not be where we are now without the support of the community as a whole and we would like to thank everyone involved for that. The Irish Post is back for good.”

The front page of the comeback edition, which includes 72 pages of news, analysis and sports, is headlined ‘The voice of the Irish in Britain is back’and highlights how it has ‘become one of the few newspapers to rise from the brink of permanent closure.”

The paper is being published out of new premises in the Barbican, central London, after previously being based in Hammersmith. Press Gazette understands that nine out the ten staff who lost their jobs when the title closed have returned.

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