'Charlie Hebdo' magazine on Irish streets next week
Over 2,000 copies of the first 'Charlie Hebdo' magazine to be published following the deadly Paris shootings are expected to hit the shelves in Ireland next Friday.
Between 120 and 140 newsagents and bookshops have placed orders for what will be seen as a souvenir edition of the magazine.
The Irish Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association said it had expected retailers to receive copies of the English language version of the magazine yesterday.
However, chief executive Vincent Jennings explained the shipment failed to arrive as scheduled. "We were informed late last night the order wasn't going to be in on time. No reason was given for the delay - but it was confirmed the magazine will be here next week.
"If it doesn't arrive next week, it's safe to say it probably won't make it here at all."
He said the average order was between 15 and 20 copies per outlet. The current issue carries a front cover cartoon projecting a tearful image of the prophet Mohammed.
The magazine is expected to retail for €5.25 here.