A new national newspaper 'The Evening News' goes on sales in Dublin marking an end to the Evening Herald's monopoly in the Dublin newspaper market.
The new paper cost £1.5 million to launch. Its main shareholder is the Midland Tribune Group, with the support of individual business men. The paper is being printed in Birr, county Offaly and in Ashbourne, county Meath. The new publication is priced at 60 pence, 5 pence less than its rival 'The Evening Herald'.
Dick O'Riordan, Editor of The Evening News, speaks to reporter Colm Connolly. O'Riordan, along with many of the other 60 staff are former employees of The Irish Press, which closed a year earlier. O'Riordain comments on the challenges the new paper faces in trying to obtain some market share from The Evening Herald. The target circulation of The Evening News is 35,000.
We intend to become a very strong Dublin and National evening newspaper.
Based in Donnybrook, the newspaper has embraced new technology and sends stories directly from its offices to the printers.
An RTÉ News report by Colm Connolly broadcast on 27 May 1996.