The Andersonstown News Group launch Daily Ireland with a tidy new tabloid design modelled partially on the viewspaper style of the English Independent. The paper’s is clear and unambiguous Republican in outlook will no doubt be articulatly expressed by columnists, who will include Danny Morrison, Tom McGurk and Jude Collins. Contrary to a remark by Seamus McKee on on Good Morning Ulster, there are no Unionist columnists on the paper.The paper’s inaugural editorial does however welcome a piece written on behalf of the non-political One Small Step Campaign by its chair Trevor Ringland. Ringland, who was puzzled by the radio claim, happens a member of the Ulster Unionist party. However, he told Slugger he had not been invited by the paper to write the piece in his capacity as a politician.
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