DAILY Ireland chief Mairtin OMuilleoir has confirmed on Talkback today (about 2/3 way through) that jobs will go at the republican newspaper – but fewer than the 12 speculated. He blames the Brits, of course, for not advertising in the publicly-funded newspaper.
OMuilleoir argues that the Government discriminates against republicans by not advertising in it. Dunseith countered by saying that new Local Press publication Daily View doesn’t get Government advertising either, the reason being that it hasn’t been going long enough to be certified by the Audit Bureau of Circulations.
OMuilleoir noted that a local Newry newspaper is not audited, yet receives Government advertising. He demanded that the Government publishes its criteria for advertising.
However, the ABC figures are out shortly, and – contrary to much speculation – OMuilleoir said they would reveal sales of more than 10,000.
You expect an anti-establishment paper like Daily Ireland to come out fighting. But to find its strategy was so heavily dependent upon British Government support must surely cause eyebrows to be raised.