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Published 22/09/2010 | 05:00

Vinnie Doyle was one of the greatest Irish editors of his time, probably of all time. In my opinion he had only one rival: his contemporary Douglas Gageby, the famous editor of the 'Irish Times'.

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Gageby took over a newspaper which, though respected, was essentially a niche publication tainted with the "Anglo-Irish Ascendancy" tag. He increased massively the circulation, but also changed the nature of the circulation. Under him, it became a leading journal of opinion with a mainly Catholic readership.

Doyle had a harder task, which derived from the nature of the market. The 'Irish Times' has a secure position at the "top of the market". The Irish Independent always dominated, and still dominates despite intense competition, the middle of the market. This is a far more difficult position to hold.

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