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An Phoblacht is to stop publishing monthly print edition

The last print edition of An Phoblacht

REPUBLICAN newspaper An Phoblacht is to stop publishing its monthly print edition and launch a new magazine format in the new year.

The original An Phoblacht was founded in 1906, while the modern version has been in circulation since 1970.

Ciarán Quinn, director of publicity, said the print and newspaper environment was changing in a fast-developing world of social media.

The newsprint edition, he said, had only a fraction of the online readership and there was "a demand for longer, reflective pieces and discussions on articles".

"With this in mind, we are ending the monthly print edition with this issue and we will be moving to a new magazine format with the first edition in March 2018," he said.

"We will continue to produce online articles and reports with the support of our contributors.

"We want to thank all those who have worked on the monthly edition, the contributors, photographers, production staff, sellers and, most importantly, the readers.

"We especially extend our thanks to outgoing editor John Hedges and designer Mark Dawson for their commitment and skills in producing the monthly paper and associated publications over the past seven years while introducing and maintaining our social media platforms."

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