Statement on the closure of the Irish Post
Ambassador Bobby McDonagh speaking on behalf of the Tánaiste and of the Irish Embassy in London has expressed his sadness about the recent closure of The Irish Post.
“This is a major blow for the Irish community in Britain’
he said. ‘For many, the paper was an important means of keeping
informed of Irish-related events in their locality, reading about
developments within the wider Irish community in Britain, and
keeping up-to-date with national and local news from Ireland.
The Post was not only a news-source but a record of the daily-work
of the volunteers and charitable organisations that continue to
provide vital services to the Irish community
Since it was first published in 1970, the Irish Post has served the Community by promoting Irish sports and culture to a wider audience. Indeed it actively supported, publicised and sponsored many festivals and competitions. For newly arrived emigrants, the paper – along with the Irish World – has been a valuable source of information about local events, and enabled people to get involved with Irish organisations and associations.
For the past 40 years the staff and management of the Post
have been our partners and our friends in the efforts to promote
Ireland and Irish interests throughout Britain. I want to
wish them well and I especially want to thank them all for the work
they have done with the Embassy and with the various Irish
government agencies and community groups down the years in helping
to foster the excellent relations we now enjoy with our nearest
neighbour and which culminated in the historic visit by Queen
Elizabeth to Ireland last May.
As well as writing about political, economic and social developments in Ireland, the Irish Post provided information about issues of particular concern for the Irish community in Britain - from the campaigns to release the Guilford Four and the Birmingham Six, to raising awareness about the establishment of the Residential Institutions Redress Board for survivors of institutional abuse in Ireland. Its closure will leave a void in the lives of many Irish people in Britain.”