Irish Post staff insist newspaper is viable

Thursday 08 September 2011 10.23
The Irish Port has served the Irish community for 41 years
The Irish Port has served the Irish community for 41 years

Former staff at the Irish Post newspaper in Britain have tonight insisted that the paper remains a viable business opportunity for new investors.

The weekly newspaper, which served the Irish community in Britain for 41 years, was closed on 19 August by its owners Thomas Crosbie Holdings.

A creditors meeting and the official appointment of a liquidator has been set for next Thursday.

Former staff and contributors to the Irish Post met MPs at Westminster to explore ways to save the paper.

British Labour MP Chris Ruane told them there was political support from all political parties in the House of Commons and that 45 MPs had signed a motion supporting the campaign.

Former Irish Post Editor Malcolm Rogers said that it "seemed very odd" for owners TCH to close the paper rather than to try to sell it as a going concern.

He said that with over a thousand Irish people emigrating to Britain every week, there was still a huge role to be played by the Irish Post and that the staff were determined to save the title.

In a message of support, the former chief executive of the Irish Post, Niamh Kelly, said the Irish Post had had increased circulation in 2011 with sales reaching over 20,000 in mid-March.

She said she was happy to speak to any prospective investors and that the figures underlined the paper's massive potential.

The campaign to save the publication is also being supported by the Federation of Irish Societies in Britain and other Irish community groups and a facebook page has been set up: www.facebook.com/savetheirishpost.