Google has signed agreements with seven Irish news organisations, including Celtic Media, The Irish Times, Iconic Media Group and The Journal, as part of a new initiative to support Irish media.

Google said it will license high-quality news content from these publishers for News Showcase, its new product experience and licensing programme for news.

The seven publishers represent almost 40 publications and include mix of local, regional and national news organisations across the country.

Google said it plans to roll out News Showcase to readers in Ireland in the coming months.

Almost 1,000 news publications globally have signed deals for News Showcase since last year, in countries including India, Germany, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Australia, Czechia, Japan, Colombia, the UK, Austria and Argentina, with discussions underway in a number of other countries.

Anthony Nakache, Director of Online Partnerships, EMEA, Google, said that the company is committed to supporting a sustainable news model for publishers across the globe and in Ireland.

"We look forward to working collaboratively with the publishers to help further connect their news stories and content to their readership, while also expanding on our mission to help people access trustworthy information online and to support an open web for all," he added.

The full list of publications currently participating in Google News Showcase includes Donegal Daily, Clare Echo, The Journal, Noteworthy, IrishMirror.ie, DublinLive, RSVP Live, Cork Beo, Buzz.ie, The Limerick Leader, Kildare Now, Derry Now, Offaly Express, Donegal Live, Dundalk Democrat, Longford Leader, Tipperary Live, Leinster Express, Carlow Live, Kilkenny People, Leinster Leader, Leitrim Observer, Waterford Live, Connacht Telegraph, Meath Chronicle, Anglo Celt, Westmeath Examiner, Westmeath Independent, Offaly Independent, Irish Times, Breaking News, Echo Live, Irish Examiner, Carlow Nationalist, Laois Nationalist, Waterford News and Star, Kildare Nationalist, Roscommon Herald and Western People.