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Irish News editor Noel Doran: A message to our readers

We are excited to reveal our new-look Irish News to you today and look forward to sharing further changes over the days and weeks ahead
We are excited to reveal our new-look Irish News to you today and look forward to sharing further changes over the days and weeks ahead We are excited to reveal our new-look Irish News to you today and look forward to sharing further changes over the days and weeks ahead

Dear reader

You will immediately notice some eye-catching changes to your favourite newspaper today.

A bold new logo, projecting a confident, contemporary face to the world while celebrating our rich Irish heritage and history.

Bright new features, such as The GAAME pull-out to be published in print each Monday, bringing together the very best reports, images and analysis from the weekend's Gaelic games action.

And throughout the pages of the printed paper you will see modern new design elements from our skilled production team, aiming to provide the best presentation of our award-winning words and pictures and help readers easily navigate each section.

We believe that change is best introduced from a position of strength, so it was very encouraging to find the latest Audit Bureau of Circulations survey (January to June 2023) confirming that The Irish News is not only the best performing daily in Ireland, north or south, but also now the top-selling title in the entire UK regional market.

Our dominant position is a testament to our talented and experienced team of journalists and the faith and trust you place in us each day.

The Irish News has witnessed many design changes during its long history, including revised mastheads in the 1990s and reductions in the size of the paper from broadsheet to the Euro/Berliner style in 2000 and then to the present compact format in 2005 – all of which were well received.

Pages from this morning's new-look print edition
Pages from this morning's new-look print edition Pages from this morning's new-look print edition

We have listened carefully over recent years to feedback from our readers and these latest innovations are intended to provide a fresher and more focused reading experience, with a major overhaul for our digital edition also due to follow shortly.

In today's news : 

  • Playing of 'anti-IRA' anthem Zombie as Ireland rugby team celebrate victory against South Africa sparks online scrum
  • Tyrone schoolboy Ronan Wilson (9) taken by 'hit-and-run' driver, father says as he pays tribute to his 'main man, my hero'
  • Nigel Farage: United Ireland will happen 'one day'

We are intensely proud of the quality and range of opinion we carry each day and rest assured your favourite writers as well as some notable new recruits will continue to inform, inspire and entertain as well as lead public debate at a time of enormous change on this island. 

Today also sees the return of the popular On This Day column, looking back on some of the fascinating events that have helped shape our society over the tumultuous last century, with respected historian Cormac Moore carrying on the celebrated tradition of our much-missed colleague Éamon Phoenix.

What will always remain the same is our commitment to the highest possible standards of journalism across all our news, features, business and sports pages.

A quarter of a century after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, Ireland, north and south, has further pivotal decisions to take in the coming years.

We are facing massive economic, environmental and constitutional challenges which demand fair, comprehensive and insightful coverage.

The Irish News is committed to reflecting and analysing all aspects of these debates, just as thoroughly as we have done for over 130 years.

We are excited to reveal our new-look Irish News to you today and look forward to sharing further changes over the days and weeks ahead.

We hope that you will continue to place your trust in us, as you have done throughout our long journey together. We are determined not to let you down.

Noel Doran, Editor

Irish News editor Noel Doran
Irish News editor Noel Doran Irish News editor Noel Doran