Thursday 23 May 2019

Limited copies of Charlie Hebdo go on sale across the country following huge demand

Some outlets have already sold out

Clare Cullen

Controversial French newspaper Charlie Hebdo has gone on in sale in select newsagents across Ireland - already selling out in some Dublin spots.

The O'Connell Street news kiosk beside Penneys has already sold out of the 'Survivor's Edition', stating that it's been in high demand all morning.

"It's been very popular - we expected it," said the seller, who didn't wish to be named.

They say they expected the demand due to the high number of people enquiring about when it would go on sale. The kiosk is expecting another delivery of the magazine later today - retailing at €4.95.

Meanwhile, O'Mahony's Booksellers in Limerick have received "a limited quantity" of the French edition of the magazine. They are selling the edition from both O' Connell Street and University of Limerick branches and are not expecting any further deliveries.

"We have been informed by our suppliers that the English edition won't be supplied and that no further copies will be available".

Although it is not usually distributed in Ireland, around 2,000 copies of the latest issue were ordered from 120 retailers in the Republic. In Northern Ireland, 40 retailers requested 700 copies.

A reported five million are being printed, its largest-ever run, with translations into English, Spanish and Arabic, and versions available in the UK, Italy and Turkey.

It has been reported that up to 15,000 were due to go on sale across the water in the UK - fifteen times the country's normal order.

Several copies have appeared on online auction site eBay attracting four-figure bids, well in excess of the modest three-euro cover price.

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