The community newspaper 'The Liberties News' reports on local issues and events without big paper bias.

'Liberties News' is a community newspaper established in 1983 for the Liberties area in Dublin's south inner city. In the 1980s the Liberties is no different from anywhere else in Ireland with the usual problems and a very high rate of teenage unemployment.

Many newspapers ignore the positive nature of the communities in the Liberties, opting to report on more the headline grabbing aspects of the area.

People were particularly unhappy with a front page story in ‘The Evening Herald’ headlined ‘Fort Apache, the Coombe’. They believed it stigmatised the people of the Coombe and unfairly depicted the south inner city as a crime area of nightmare proportions.

But ‘The Liberties News' say they tell it as it is without big paper bias.

The November 1984 issue was dominated by an attack on ‘The Evening Herald’ over its sensationalised reporting of the area.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 26 March 1985. The track accompanying this clip is ‘The Heat Is On’ by Glenn Frey.