The Irish Times

The Irish Times is an Irish daily broadsheet newspaper and online digital publication. It launched on 29 March 1859. The editor is Paul O'Neill.[2] The deputy editor is Deirdre Veldon.[3] It is published every day except Sundays.[4] The Irish Times is considered a newspaper of record for Ireland.[5]

The Irish Times
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Irish Times Trust
EditorPaul O'Neill
Founded29 March 1859; 163 years ago (1859-03-29)
Political alignmentSocially liberal Neoliberalism
Headquarters24–28 Tara Street, Dublin, Ireland
CirculationCirculation no longer audited[1]

Though formed as a Protestant nationalist paper, within two decades and under new owners it had become the voice of British unionism in Ireland.[6] It is no longer a pro unionist paper; it presents itself politically as "liberal and progressive", as well as being centre-right on economic issues.[7][8] The editorship of the newspaper from 1859 until 1986 was controlled by the Anglo-Irish Protestant minority, only gaining its first nominal Irish Catholic editor 127 years into its existence.

The paper's most prominent columnists include writer and arts commentator Fintan O'Toole and satirist Miriam Lord. The late Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald was once a columnist. Senior international figures, including Tony Blair and Bill Clinton, have written for its op-ed page. Its most prominent columns have included the political column Backbencher, by John Healy, Drapier (an anonymous piece produced weekly by a politician, giving the 'insider' view of politics), Rite and Reason (a weekly religious column, edited by Patsy McGarry, the religious affairs editor) and the long-running An Irishman's Diary. An Irishman's Diary was written by Patrick Campbell in the forties (under the pseudonym "Quidnunc"); by Seamus Kelly from 1949 to 1979 (also writing as "Quidnunc"); and more recently[when?] by Kevin Myers. After Myers' move to the rival Irish Independent, An Irishman's Diary has usually been the work of Frank McNally. On the sports pages, Philip Reid is the paper's golf correspondent.

One of its most popular columns was the biting and humorous Cruiskeen Lawn satire column written, originally in Irish, later in English, by Myles na gCopaleen, the pen name of Brian O'Nolan (Brian Ó Nualláin) who also wrote books using the name Flann O'Brien. Cruiskeen Lawn is an anglicised spelling of the Irish words crúiscín lán, meaning 'little full jug'. Cruiskeen Lawn made its debut in October 1940, and appeared with varying regularity until O'Nolan's death in 1966.

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