Irish Times finally to come back online?

Last week the Irish Time bought out the biggest online property business in Ireland. It makes a profit online. Although it is thought they paid something like €5 million over the odds to keep the likes of the Guardian out, it could signal a change in the paper’s online strategy. There are a few us just outside the gate waiting to get a free hit at the paper’s generally excellent content. With Tony O’Reilly still showing no signs of ‘getting’ the net, there is a massive online Irish and global audience there to capture!! We can only wait and see.

  • Peking

    “Thursday, August 04, 2005 – O’Reilly, blogs and the EFF”

    That’s an excellent and informative little link you provided there Mick. Thanks for that.

  • Mick Fealty

    Excellent and informative blog when they’re doing it!!

  • Fraggle

    The headline of this post is quite deceptive. I was reading the Irish Times online before looking at slugger today. The Irish Times is online, it’s just not free.

  • Nathan


    A token amount of the Irish Times is accessible electronically to the general public free of charge e.g. the front headline, and main news.

  • Fraggle

    Nathan, that’s true and that’s why I’ve got a subscription for the whole content.

  • Mick Fealty


    I have that subscription too. But you obviously don’t blog. I could, if I was unscruplous, nick big chunks of their articles and port them outside. We do do that sometimes, but almost always with the explicit permission of the writers themselves.

    Effectively though the Irish Times is off limits for the vast majority of our 40,000 monthly visitors. It means that when we get big hits from the blogosphere (Newt Emerson’s piece on New Orleans brought us 23,000 visitors on one day) most of the new readers get bounced off the outside of the site.

    Also blogging ‘locked’ content is difficult to get right. I prefer our readers to make their own mind up about what the source says rather than take it on trust from me.

    Sorry if the headline misled you, but I was hoping you’d at least get the context from Dick O’Brien’s analysis, if not by inference from my own blog.

  • GrassyNoel

    Might be slightly off-topic and playing the man a little bit, but as a shareholder in one or two of O’Reilly’s companies I am becoming less and less impressed with the man on an almost weekly basis. He and his useless, silver-spoon fed sons have ruined Waterford Wedgewood, INM’s share price has been stagnant for years, despite his buying up half the media outlets in the southern hemisphere, and he ain’t done too well at Eircom either.

    I’m also not surprised at his somewhat jurassic and luddite attitudes towards blogging, considering the lengths to which he would have Ericom’s lawyers go to to prevent the rightful enforcement of COMREG’s rulings on local loop unbundling down here, thereby preventing about half the country from getting proper access to Broadband. It’s a sly but lazy way to protect an old former semi-state monopoly.

    I think O’Reilly has taken advantage of the best start in life and a lot of lucky breaks that came his way, but he’s an average businessman at best, and a bit of a cantankerous old man who is at odds with new technology now, especially the kind of technology that threatens to erode his carefully stashed billions.

  • Mick Fealty

    Only moderately man playing, very interesting but entirely off topic… another open thread coming up soon…

  • Keith M

    I decided to stop visiting the day day they started charging, and have rarely gone back since. I stopped buying the paper when Myers left. If the IT disappeared of the face of the earth it wouldn’t cost me a thought. I have the BBC, RTE and the Independent and that gives me all the online news I need and want.

  • Garibaldy

    Irish Times is easily the best Irish paper, and as good I would say as the major British ones, and often better. Let’s hope it’s freely available to all again soon.