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