Since the news broke without warning on Friday, the Federation of Irish Societies has been in discussion with Irish Post management and staff; with members and supporters of the wider Irish community. We are supporting former employees and working with them to investigate alternatives to closure.
Further information is needed about the financial and trading position of the Irish Post and its place within overall business interests of TCH. We understand the Liquidators, Berkshire-based FPM Accountants, have received several expressions of interest in taking over the title. There is a belief among staff that closure was not necessary and that creditors’ best interests would be served by resuming publication with minimum delay and continuing to trade.
We believe the Irish Post is more than a business; it is an institution. The Irish Post has been our strength; our core. It has bound the community together and provided a much needed focus.
The Irish Post has celebrated our identity, history, culture and sports; highlighted our achievements; reflected our concerns; defended our interests.
The Irish Post has been a showcase for Irish talent, Irish products, business and skills; promoting Irish charities and encouraging giving
In forty years of publication, the Irish Post has provided the definition of our community. It weathered the storms of the Troubles and provided support for the peacemakers on all sides. It has been a source of wisdom and authority for the community. It printed our complaints and listened to our views.
All print-based publishers face the challenges of new technology and declining sales. Institution or not, the Irish Post must still compete in a tough market. But the Irish Post as a brand with the newspaper at the centre has an inter-generational loyalty and international standing. The newspaper continues to reach an audience that no other community provider could serve.
The Federation of Irish Societies will do all we can to defend our community interest in the Irish Post; contributing to drawing up a realistic rescue plan and seek potential backers from the business community. In this, we will work with and seek support from the Irish Embassy, members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Irish in Britain and politicians throughout the Irish Diaspora.
We will continue to provide information and update you on developments. Your views and suggestions about how to save the Irish Post are welcome. Please email them to Jennie McShannon, CEO.