A new Irish language newspaper Foinse will be launched as a colour Sunday tabloid.
The team behind Foinse say that it will be brighter and better written than any previously published Irish language newspaper. The hope is that it will have an initial distribution of ten thousand copies.
Brendan Delap, editor of Foinse says that a lot of the begrudgery against the Irish language has disappeared. Even before the newspaper hit the newsstands, Foinse found itself embroiled in a row with Conradh na Gaeilge who have accused the newspaper of censorship. An article submitted by Conradh na Gaeilge’s former president Proinsias Mac Aonghusa was rejected. The article was said to be critical of the Minister for Education Niamh Breathnach in her stand over gaelscoileanna which she is refusing to fund. In response, Conradh na Gaeilge has withdrawn advertising from the first edition of Foinse. However, it will resume continue advertising in the second edition.
Gearóid Ó Cairealláin, President of Conradh na Gaeilge, explains that the entire Irish language community is in dispute with Minister Breathnach over the issue and he was disappointed that the paper would not publish criticism of the minister.
Pádraig Ó Céidigh, publisher of Foinse, said that by not publishing the article, the paper has shown the people of Ireland that the paper is independent and is in control of what is printed within its pages.
Foinse will be produced in Spiddal and printed in Navan with a staff of thirty full and part-time employees.
It will cost half a million pounds per year to produce and will sell at 75 pence per copy.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 11 October 1996. The reporter is Jim Fahy.