Who We Are

TOM FITZPATRICK

EDITOR, IRISH EXAMINER

Who We Are

The Irish Examiner sets  the agenda on local and national issues from Golfgate and mother and baby homes right down to local courts and through our unrivaled sports coverage. Our reporters chase, harry, asking questions and pushing for answers to bring our readers the information that matters.

The Irish Examiner's is a different and distinct voice in the national discourse, highlighting stories and perspectives not found elsewhere. We are extremely proud of our Cork and Munster roots (see 'Our History' below) but write about issues affecting all Irish people every day. 

You'll see some familiar stories mentioned on this page and you'll also see all the ways in which we ask for and welcome your involvement in our newsroom.Our work is far from finished. We want to do more. We want to do it better. We are doing more investigative work. We are tackling difficult subjects. If you like what you read and subscribe, you'll find a growing community waiting for you at the Irish Examiner.

180 years of award-winning trusted journalism 

Standards and Policies

What We Do 

There are many ways to tell a good story. Every day, the Irish Examiner brings you in-depth coverage across news, sports, business and lifestyle in print and online. Our digital work includes longreads, video, virtual events, podcasts and newsletters. 

NEWS

Benzos: 'Little ticking time bombs' on Cork streets.

BY LIZ DUNPHY

LONGREADS

In their words: Children’s lives in lockdown

 

SPORT

Joanne Cantwell: Return to football ‘gave me a new lease of life’.

BY STEPHEN BARRY

LIFESTYLE

Miscarriage in Ireland : "I am so sorry, but your baby has no heartbeat"

BY LIZ DUNPHY

GAA LIVESTREAM

Exclusive live streaming of Cork GAA championship games across all grades.

BY LIZ DUNPHY

NEWSLETTERS

Our newsletters include content carefully curated to your interests, sent directly to your inbox

BY LIZ DUNPHY

Behind the Byline

How does a story come together? By the time we publish it, hours of work has already gone into interviewing, verifying facts, seeking comment, writing, reviewing and editing it. Here, our reporters and editors take to you the heart of that process and bring you Behind the Byline.

News

Irish Examiner reporter, Eoin English, has covered the city and county beat for more than two decades - from council meetings to courts, massive job announcements and losses, serious crime and the deeply personal stories of the city's people.

Often the first person on the scene of a breaking story, Eoin has built a career's worth of contacts and unforgettable stories. Here he takes us behind the byline.

Golfgate

A day after announcing restrictions on social gatherings due to Covid-19, the Irish Examiner revealed that 80 people, including  then Agricultural Minister Dara Calleary, EU Tade Commissioner Phil Hogan, and Supreme Court Judge Seamus Woulfe, had attended an Oireachtas Golf Society dinner at a Galway Hotel.

Within minutes of Golfgate breaking online, a political bomb exploded.

Bríd Stack

The signing of Cork legend Bríd Stack to play for the Sydney Giants in the professional Women's Australian Football League was a sporting fairytale in the making.  But the adventure of a lifetime was flipped into a nightmare for the 34 year old after she sustained a neck injury in a practice match against Adelaide Crows at Norwood Oval.

The twists and turns of this gripping sporting story were revealed in a series of searingly honest columns in the Irish Examiner.

Our History

The Irish Examiner was first published on August 30, 1841 - making it the country’s oldest daily newspaper.

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Trusting to the honesty of our purpose, as well as to the support of a liberal Irish public, we boldly launch upon the waves.

JOHN FRANCIS MAGUIRE ( 1815-1872)

Proprietor and editor John Francis Maguire used the then Cork Examiner as a platform to support Catholic emancipation and ‘The Liberator’ Daniel O’Connell’s campaign to secure tenants’ rights - realising that principled journalism can be a powerful force for great good.As the only national title based in the south of the country, its home in Cork frequently allowed it exclusive access to world news in the late 19th and 20th centuries. 

Irish Examiner's First Edition in 1841 as Cork Examiner.
Irish Examiner P1 on the Air India Disaster in 1985
Irish Examiner P1 on the day of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998
Irish Examiner P1 on the GolfGate scandal in August 2020

Before the laying of a telegraph cable between Ireland and America, news from the New World would first reach the Old World when trans-Atlantic liners docked in Europe.
And because Queenstown (known these days as Cobh) was the first port of call, Cork Examiner reporters, who would row out to meet the liners, would often have important international stories before major European newspapers.

One such reporter was Thomas Crosbie, who would later become editor and owner of the Cork Examiner.  He would go on to become the first of five generations of the Crosbie family at the helm of the company - stretching all the way to 2018.

In 1976, the Cork Examiner became the first daily newspaper in Ireland or Britain to move from a form of printing grounded in the 16th century to modern web offset printing that eventually led to a fully computerised system a decade later.
In 1996, the decision was taken to rebrand the title to The Examiner and subsequently in 2000 to the Irish Examiner to appeal to a more national audience. In 2004, the Irish Examiner moved from its iconic premises on Academy Street in Cork city centre - its home for more than 160 years - to a new premises on Lapps Quay. Our offices are currently based in Linn Dubh, Blackpool.

In 2013, Thomas Crosbie Holdings went into receivership. The Irish Examiner was purchased by Landmark Media, a company backed by Tom Crosbie and his father Ted who were shareholders of Thomas Crosbie Holdings. The deal also included the Evening Echo, Waterford News and Star, the Wexford Echo, the Carlow Nationalist, the Kildare Nationalist, the Laois Nationalist, the Western People, Roscommon Herald and radio station interests. In 2018, the Irish Times acquired the Landmark Media group.

The Irish Examiner newsroom has recently pivoted strongly to digital, with a majority of our stories breaking online first. We have seen a significant surge in our online and mobile readership as a result, and this year launched digital subscriptions. We are proud of our history and excited about our future, and thank you sincerely for your support.

Join the Irish Examiner newsroom

We are always looking for new ways to connect with our readers and to ensure our stories are impactful and relevant. We so appreciate any time you take to talk to us directly, and share your views or story. Some of the ways to do that are:

Letters

We love to hear from our readers on any and all topics you care about - including (but not only) on issues we’ve written about.

Here’s our dedicated letters form and our letter guidelines

Reachouts

We frequently run ‘reader reach-outs’ on a range of topics, where your direct experiences become the focus of our coverage through surveys on our site and social channels.

For example, see: 
Growing Up in Lockdown 
Home At Heart  

Social Life

You can comment on our stories, or just chat to us, on our social accounts: 

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Got a story?

We welcome your story tips through our social channels, or through our news email:
news@examiner.ie.

Individual journalists can also be contacted via email using this format: name.surname@examiner.ie

The Irish Examiner is part of the Irish Times Group. The Irish Times DAC is a registered company with an address at 24-28 Tara Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. The Irish Times Group is a fully consolidated subsidiary under the management control of The Irish Times DAC.