Irish Independent 'leading the agenda'
INDEPENDENT News and Media (INM) has always "led the agenda" in reporting Irish news, as it did in Monday's Irish Independent with front-page stories on the insurance policy scandal and the controversial child benefit cuts, broadcaster Eamon Dunphy has said.
He described the company as having long been "an important voice" in Irish life and as having "real substance".
Launching a new book, 'Independent Newspapers: A History', Dunphy said the newspaper always kept its focus on reporting stories that affected the lives of people.
It was also one of the first newspapers to focus on advertising as a key form of revenue, he said.
The book, launched last night at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin, is a collection of analytical essays by respected commentators in the fields of academia and journalism.
Edited by Kevin Rafter and Mark O'Brien, it aims to fill the "huge gap" in literature about Independent Newspapers and its influence on the Irish nation.
Mr Rafter said the book shows the evolution of journalism over 100 years in Ireland.
Mr O'Brien explained that there have been at least two books written about the 'Irish Press' and the history of the 'Irish Times' has also been well documented. Books about the Irish Independent are strangely lacking "and we don't know why", he said.
He said the book was merely "a history and not the history", adding that there are many opportunities still open for further analysis and research on the company and newspaper titles.
Fittingly, the launch last night was attended by Irish Independent editor Stephen Rae and 'Evening Herald' editor Claire Grady, as well as INM non-executive director Frank Murray, RTE's news and current affairs managing director Kevin Bakhurst, and many others from academia.
Several key figures in the history of Independent Newspapers were at last night's event, including 'caseroom workers' in the old 'hot metal' days of printing.
Also at the launch were Peter Legge, son of longtime 'Sunday Independent' editor Hector Legge; Paddy Geary, son of former 'Irish Independent' editor Frank Geary, and Gerry Murphy, one of the Murphy family who were the former proprietors of the paper.