Supporting Local News


Connacht Tribune marks Local Newspaper Week

Local newspapers around Ireland – including the Connacht Tribune and Galway City Tribune – are highlighting their contribution to their own communities by celebrating Local Newspaper Week.

Readers in print and online are being encouraged to support their local newspapers by buying a copy at their newsagent or taking out an online subscription.

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin added her voice to support the campaign this week.

“Local newspapers hold a special place in our communities, telling the stories of the people who live and work in them, celebrating the vibrancy of the places we call home, and shining a light on the matters that are important to us,” she said.

“Growing up, the Northern Standard was a constant in my household. A cornerstone of our community. That close relationship with local newspapers is something that’s replicated in communities throughout the country, and it’s something to be treasured now and in the future.

“In recognition of the importance of local media, I secured €6 million in Budget 2023 for the establishment of the Media Fund. This will initially fund two schemes, a Local Democracy Reporting Scheme and Courts Reporting Scheme, which will be administered by Coimisiún na Meán on a platform-neutral basis,” she said.

Connacht Tribune operations manager Declan McGuire is the current President of Local Ireland, which represents publishers of paid-for weekly newspapers across the country.

“It’s important to recognise the contribution made by newspapers in print and online to their local cities, towns, villages and parishes,” he said.

“We are there week-in, week-out and even during the economic challenges of COVID when businesses slowed or stopped altogether, we kept publishing to keep our readers informed.

“We have come through recession, a huge loss of advertising to the tech giants, the COVID slowdown and now we face a cost of living and energy crisis, along with a 150% increase in the cost of our basic raw material, newsprint, over the last 18 months.

“We have had encouraging support from our Minister Catherine Martin, Government and opposition parties and we hope to receive more following the recommendations of the Future of Media Commission.”

Executive Director of Local Ireland Bob Hughes described local newspapers as the lifeblood of local communities.

“They are a mirror to our cities, towns, villages and parishes. Where else would you find coverage of news, sports, entertainment and local issues in such detail?” he asked

“We are valued as public service content providers and this has been recognised by both the Future of Media Commission, Government and our Minister.

“We face serious challenges to our journalism and are looking for Government support in many areas, such as funding from the new media commission, partnership agreements with the tech platforms, reform of our defamation laws and a fair share of Government advertising,” he said.

“We also need public support for what we do and the best way to do this is to buy a newspaper or take out an online subscription. We have never had so many readers thanks to our new digital audience.”


For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune:

Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App

Download the Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App to access to Galway’s best-selling newspaper. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Or purchase the Digital Edition for PC, Mac or Laptop from Pagesuite HERE.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app

The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

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