The Irish News

The Irish News
Type Daily newspaper
Format Compact
Owner(s) Fitzpatrick Family
Founder(s) Bishop Patrick MacAlister
Editor Noel Doran
Founded 15 August 1891
Political alignment Irish nationalism
Language English, Irish
Headquarters 113–117 Donegall Street
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Circulation 40,842 [1]
Irish News, Donegall Street, July 2010

The Irish News is a compact-sized daily newspaper based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is perceived as being broadly Irish nationalist in outlook. It focuses primarily on Ulster content, though it is also available throughout Ireland.


The Irish News is the only independently owned daily newspaper based in Northern Ireland and has been so since its launch on 15 August 1891 as an anti-Parnell newspaper by Dr Patrick MacAlister.[2] It merged with the Belfast Morning News in August 1892, and the full title of the paper since been The Irish News and Belfast Morning News.[3][4]

Bringing events more up-to-date, the paper saw a dramatic growth in its circulation, with the beginning of The Troubles in 1968, peaking around the time of the peak in violence in 1971 and declining thereafter.

In June 1982, the paper came under control of the company’s present owners.


In the period from December 2010 to June 2011, it had an average daily circulation of 43,647.[5] It dropped 3% to 40,842 in the period of January to June 2013.

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  1. 2 Jan 2013 - Jun 2013
  2. Ambrose Macaulay. Patrick McAlister Bishop of Down and Connor 1886-1895. Four Courts Press Ltd, Dublin, Ireland 2006
  3. National Library of Ireland: Belfast Morning News
  4. National Library of Ireland: Irish News
  5. "ABC figures: How the regional dailies performed". HoldTheFrontPage. UK. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011.

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