Thursday 19 January 2017

Newspapers are the lifeblood of national discourse - Removing VAT would honour this

Published 08/03/2016 | 02:30

In the centenary of 1916, newspapers represent a special kind of Irish identity that is worth supporting. That is why the Irish Government should emulate the Norwegians and abolish the VAT rate on newspapers. Stock image
In the centenary of 1916, newspapers represent a special kind of Irish identity that is worth supporting. That is why the Irish Government should emulate the Norwegians and abolish the VAT rate on newspapers. Stock image

During the 1916 Rising, people relied on the newspapers of the day to give them detailed and vivid accounts of the Easter Rebellion. This is why most of the newspapers are now issuing souvenir 1916 supplements reproducing these exciting and memorable reports.

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The suddenness of the insurrection meant that the professionalism and experience of newspaper journalists was particularly called on.

In the hundred years since the Rising, newspapers have continued to play this role, despite the many challenges they face.

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