Irish Times

  • Almost half of people would prefer an extension to the confidence and supply agreement than a general election.

    An Irish Times/ IPSOS poll published this morning shows that 46% of people would rather try and make the current government work, while 44% would prefer to go to the polls.

    It comes as the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin met last night to discuss the deal.

    Negotiating teams to review the confidence & supply arrangement will be appointed this week.

    Meanwhile, the opinion poll - which was carried out at the end of last week - also shows Fine Gael remains the most popular party on 33 per cent - that's up 2 points.

    Fianna Fail are down 1 point to 25% and Sinn Fein are slightly behind on 24%, which is a rise of 2 points.

     

  • The Landmark Media group, whose titles include The Western People and Roscommon Herald, has been acquired by the Irish Times.

     The deal involves the purchase of the entire business of Landmark media, whose titles also include the Irish Examiner and Evening Echo newspapers, as well as a number of regional newspapers and has interests in three regional radio stations, as well as a number of online offerings.

     In a statement to employees yesterday, the Irish Times said it looks forward to working closely with all staff in the combined companies in building a successful media group.

     

     

  • 80 percent of people here say the visit of pope Francis this weekend to Ireland hasn't changed their view of the church.

    An Ipsos MRBI Poll in the Irish Times also indicates that over half of people don't think the Pope went far enough when he addressed clerical abuse.

    The poll suggests around 400 thousand people saw the Pontiff at various public events over the weekend.

    Meanwhile, a former papal nuncio to the US, claims Pope Francis knew about a cover up of abuse, but did nothing.

    Peter Isley from the survivors group 'Ending Clergy Abuse' says canon law needs to change

  • The winner of The Irish Times Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Awards for December 2018 is swimmer and Sligo native Mona McSharry.

    In the space of just three days at the Irish Short-Course Championships in Lisburn in December, McSharry collected six titles – 50, 100 and 200m freestyle, 100 and 200m individual medley and 100m breaststroke – as well as breaking six national records. Just about every time she dipped her toe in the pool she was excelling.  The highlight for McSharry was the breaking of Michelle Smith's 23-year-old 100m freestyle record which she lowered again in the final later in the same day.

    Next up for McSharry are the national championships at the end of March with July’s World Championships in South Korea the year’s key event. There’s the small matter, too, of the Tokyo Olympics the year after, her plan to take time off from her studies after the Leaving Certificate to focus purely on swimming, especially ensuring she qualifies for those 2020 Games.

    Her end of year achievements proved to be a highly fitting conclusion to what was a remarkable spell for Irish sport, our sportswomen providing so many of the most memorable moments in 2018. But McSharry is actually kick-starting our new year of awards and has set the bar high.