29 December 2005

Daily Ireland ends first year on high

Irelandclick.com

As 2005 comes to a close and Daily Ireland nears its landmark 300th edition, it’s time to thank investors, readers and supporters who made the birth and remarkable success of this republican newspaper possible.

Daily Ireland’s currency has been news, and to mark the end of the year with exclusive coverage of the Stormontgate and Spygate controversies is a great credit to the newspaper’s news team.

This week’s exclusive interview by our US correspondent Jim Dee with former Castlereagh holding centre chef Larry Zaitschek was picked up by our colleagues in all the main broadcast and print media while authoritative commentators from all walks of life have gone to our pages first to get an accurate assessment of the nationalist community’s reaction to the Spygate scandal.

The impact of Daily Ireland on the Irish media scene has been profound and impressive in 2005 with our editors, columnists and feature writers appearing in all the main broadcast media across the country — in the past week alone, Daily Ireland’s flag has been carried on RTÉ, Radio Ulster, Raidió na Gaeltachta and on almost every independent radio station in the country.

But it’s not only in government, political and media circles that the editorial comment and coverage of Daily Ireland is assessed but in every location where supporters of a United Ireland come together.

Through the platform of www.dailyireland.com we have added a totally new global dimension to news coverage from Ireland.

The addition of Dublin correspondent David Lynch to our news team and the opening of a new office in the capital has strengthened Daily Ireland’s national coverage and will be augmented in the New Year with the appointment of advertising agency representation in Dublin.
On a shoestring budget, our promotional teams have made Daily Ireland a household name and for their efforts were nominated for a prestigious marketing award in October.

They are already gearing up to leverage Jarlath Burns and our other sports commentators to ensure the paper continues to enjoy a high profile during the upcoming Championship season.

But the cornerstone of their campaign remains the subscription model — if you don’t have a subscription to Daily Ireland, go now to www.dailyireland.com and get one — which continues to enjoy strong support nationwide.

It’s not only in its editorial pages that Daily Ireland has been making the news, we’ve also broken ground in our legal challenges to funding blocks by British government agencies and remain confident that justice will be done — not to mention standing up to the bully-boy tactics of a certain government minister.

Thousands of pages of British government documents have now been accessed through discovery and the patterns of bias they reveal at the highest levels make for sorry reading seven years after the Good Friday Agreement promised equality for all.

Ultimately, our success is down to the support of our investors, especially in the US (where we have welcomed three new substantial backers to our second round of funding) and the backing of our readers, practical patriots who understand that a daily newspaper which tells the whole story is a vital building block in the new Ireland.

For that support, Daily Ireland says thank you, just as we thank this newspaper’s marvellous and unrivalled team.

We have been given a fair wind in the first 11 months — not least by many of our media colleagues — and we are poised for further progress in 2006, courtesy of your support.

Go raibh Nollaig faoi shéan is faoi mhaise agaibh uilig.

Journalist:: Máirtin Ó Muilleoir

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