The latest figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations for the daily sales of Irish newspapers have been released for the last six months of 2017 (top).

They show The Irish Times, the Irish Independent and The Irish Examiner sold on average 61,049, 90,107 and 27,589 newspapers daily during the second half of 2017.

These figures compare to an average 62,423, 94,502 and 28,338 newspapers sold in the first half of 2017 respectively.

The figures don’t include online subscriptions or digital edition sales.


In 2009, the figures for The Irish Times, the Irish Independent and the Irish Examiner were 114,488, 152,204 and 50,346 respectively.

Figures via NewsBrands

‘The Irish Times’ had combined daily circulation of 77,988 in second half of 2017 (Laura Slattery, The Irish Times)

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25 thoughts on “The Daily News

  1. Sue.

    The Irish Times is a rag. The Indo is beyond a rag. Where are the investigative journalists that we so badly need? Instead we get Roisin Ingle and Paul Howard.

    1. Ronan

      Sure the investigative journalist’s can be found in the Sunday
      Business Post and the Irish Times is not as bad as you make it out to be.

      1. Sue.

        Ah, it’s bad. Village sometimes does good stuff, and now and again the Phoenix (though not as much as it used to). But the SBP has really gone done, the IT is fine if you’re looking for ‘what’s hot, what’s not.’

      2. Andrew

        The Irish Times is dreadful, it’s worse than the Indo because it has pretensions to be something else. The Indo doesn’t pretend anymore, it’s a tabloid.
        Lazy and badly researched journalism is one of the reasons people won’t buy newspapers.
        I do pay for a few different news publications and podcasts only one is Irish.
        Ironically I probably spend more on media now than I ever did but I won’t pay to read bad journalism.
        The Sunday Times does more investigation than all of the rest put together.
        I can’t believe that many people are still buying The Indo and the Irish Times. I know they give away a lot of free copies but I don’t think they are included in the actual sales figures. I could be wrong about that.

        1. Neilo

          Would that the Indo had the bravura and vim of a classic redtop but it’s a low energy Middle Ireland hunk of dead tree that’s entirely dependent on discounted supermarket advertising and is doomed, like most papers, in the long term. The Paper Of Record is a sanctimonious, pandering chip wrapper with notions and will be gone even sooner, inshallah.

        2. Sue.

          Ah, let’s not get too excited by The Sunday Times. Sometimes they print things that were already out there (the Colgan story) that the other print media won’t touch. But they’ve not broke a huge political scandal (like the Bertie scandal) in years. The rest of the Sunday Times is Kevin Myers and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Or Eithne Shorthall writing some shallow story on the arts.

  2. The Ghost of Starina

    as a former student of journalism and a total print fetishist, this makes me a little sad. but both of these newspapers are rags so fupp em.

  3. king Adolf von bratwurst

    the experts always seem to claim that the Irish Times and news talk are on the brink of closing down but they are still here.

  4. Donk

    A bit off topic but Alive! came in my door yesterday and I had a flick through it for the first time ever. Holy guacamole! 80% of girls taking the pill suffer from depression / brad and Angelina’s split was due to cohabitation for too long before marriage??? I expected nonsense but the stories far exceeded my expectations

      1. mildred st. meadowlark

        If you read all newspapers with the expectation that they’re utter poo, possibly written by a monkey, I think you come away from the experience all the better.

        Laughter feeds the soul etc.

  5. Iwerzon

    The figures show the The Sunday World is the 2nd most popular Irish paper with over twice the readership of the Irish Times. Paper of Note me hoop.

  6. Otis Blue

    Good journalism is worth supporting. The consumer has determined that these titles aren’t. They’re all commercial entities and should stand or fall as such.

    And what might we lose with there demise? Very little in my opinion.
    The world will continue and new channels will exist to give you the very news and information that you crave.

  7. petey

    next time i’m over i’ll be increasing the sales of the IT and IE by one. HTH.
    the II i won’t touch. literally.

    1. Peter Dempsey

      There’s a surprise. Both the IT and the IE have their fair share of outraged leftists writing for them, so it’ll be perfect confirmation bias for you, Petey.

      1. Matt Lucozade: The Only Reader of the Village

        The Irish: a nation of great writers. Not a nation of great readers,

  8. Matt Lucozade: The Only Reader of the Village

    The Irish Times is tanking in Ireland – hence this Generation Emigration diaspora agitprop. Waste of time as most of our emigrants can’t read…

    Roisin Ingle, Una Mullally, Paul Howard, Conor Pope, Kathy Sheridan, Noel Whelan – it’s not even worth wrapping for chips….

  9. Matt Lucozade: The Only Reader of the Village

    The Irish Times now has less readers than the has commenters. Some achievement.

  10. painkiller

    The decline didn’t begin in 2009 and the decline of independent journalism amid consolidation is only one of the current factors. Looking at this (, it’s fair to conclude TV and radio were chipping away at major newspaper sales long before we were happy enough with our 10 free weekly web articles – especially in the US and Canada (the picture for regional publications must be stark). UK stats are a decent proxy for Irish newspaper circulation trends which weren’t as dramatic over the same period but still declining.

  11. Truth in the News

    The reality is that a large section of Irish society don’t read newspapers and don’t trust them
    at all, one has only to look at what happened to Gemma O’Doherty, its a mystery as to how
    the so called Independent has held on to 90 thousand odd readers, we also need to know
    how many copies are printed delivered and later returned, it is noticeable that at lot of
    outlets that sell the papers, have stacks of copies left unsold and later bundled up and returned
    Whats the newspaper stance on this in the light of all their high moral ground on sustainability
    and climate change,..which used to be global warming.

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