What we can and should do to sustain print journalism

What we can and should do to sustain print journalism

State aid for local newspapers is not a runner. But there are measures the Irish government can take that don’t blur the divide with the fourth estate

It seems to be generally accepted that having local journalism is a good thing. Politicians will even tell you that it is “good” that they are “held to account”. Of course, it’s also useful for giving them profile and access to the homes of their constituents. It’s where the local council meetings get reported and national issues are localised. It is cheeky, too. My favourite headline was the Western People’s “Three eejits ordered to pay €1,000 to charity”. Or the Limerick Leader reporting that the local cemetery was a “death trap”.

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