The Irish Times

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The Irish Times is an Irish daily broadsheet newspaper launched on 29 March 1859. The current editor is Geraldine Kennedy, who succeeded Conor Brady in 2002. The Irish Times is considered to be Ireland's newspaper of record,[1] and is published every day except Sundays. Paul O'Neill is the newspaper's deputy editor.

Though formed as a Protestant Nationalist paper, within two decades and under new owners it had become the voice of Irish Unionism.[2] Today it is no longer considered a Unionist paper; it is generally perceived as being liberal.

The paper's most prominent columnists include writer and arts commentator Fintan O'Toole, the satirist Miriam Lord and former Taoiseach, Garret FitzGerald. Senior international figures, including Tony Blair, Bill Clinton and others have written for its op-ed page. Its most prominent columns have included Drapier (an anonymous column produced weekly by a politician, giving the 'insider' view of politics); "An Irishman's Diary", previously penned by Kevin Myers, until his move to the rival Irish Independent, and now usually written by Frank McNally; and Rite and Reason, its weekly religious column, edited by Patsy McGarry, its Religious Affairs Editor. On the sports pages, Tom Humphries' Locker Room column features, as do Philip Reid's golf articles. He is currently the golf correspondent of the The Irish Times.

One of its most famous columns was the biting and humorous Cruiskeen Lawn satire column written by Myles na gCopaleen, the pen name of Brian O'Nolan (Brian Ó Nualláin) who also wrote books using the name Flann O'Brien. Cruiskeen Lawn is an anglicized spelling of the Irish words cruiscín lán, meaning 'the full little jug'. Cruiskeen Lawn first appeared in the early 1940s and continued almost daily for over twenty five years.

The Irish Times is also the Irish newspaper with the most bureaux abroad;[citation needed] it has had full-time correspondents in Washington, Paris, Berlin, Beijing, Brussels, London, Africa and other parts of the world. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, it had a daily circulation of 106,926 during the second six months of 2009.[3]


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