The Herald

The Herald is a daily newspaper, which although primarily focused on Dublin issues, is circulated nationally, with just over 21,000 daily readers (2020). As a mid-market, tabloid newspaper, content of the Herald combines news and entertainment coverage, with a particular focus on politics, crime and local interest stories for the Dublin area.

First published as The Evening Herald on the 19th December 1891, one day after the launch of the Irish Daily Independent,the paper proclaimed itself as a voice in the fight for the independence of Irish men and women. The newspaper was created to promote a pro-Parnellite position following a split in the Irish Parliamentary Party, at a time when the countries leading newspaper was the anti-Parnellite Freeman’s Journal

The paper existed as an evening broadsheet paper for 91 years, before transitioning to a tabloid format in 1982. In March 2013 The Evening Herald became the Herald, adjusting its publishing schedule and becoming a morning paper. In March 2017, it was announced that owners Independent News Media (INM) were merging the Sunday World and The Herald newsrooms, although both publications kept their branding. This merger occurred as part of a broader strategy to pivot away from print content, and to produce more digital output. This strategy, which led to a number of job losses for INM editorial staff, was condemned by the National Union of Journalists.

Today, The Herald is owned by Mediahuis Ireland, a subsidiary of Mediahuis NV, whose shareholders comprise Mediahuis Partners NV (50.6%), Concentra (32.7%) and VP Exploitatie (16.7%).

In 2023, following the removal of the, and an assessment that print papers will have largely disappeared by 2030, Mediahuis Ireland CEO Peter Vandersmeersch stated that they would no longer be investing in the paper, and that the paper would have to “sink or swim”.

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The Herald is owned by Mediahuis Ireland (Formerly Independent News and Media), a subsidiary of Mediahuis. Mediahuis' largest shareholders include the Belgian Baert Family (29.5%) via their 90% ownership Concentra, the Dutch van Puijenbroek Family (16.7%) via their 100% ownership of VP Exploitatie, and the Belgian Thmoas Leysen (13.25%) via his 26.5.% ownership of Mediahuis Partners NV.

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Peter Vandersmeersch

Former editor of Flemish daily newspaper De Standaard from 1999 to 2010. Subsequently the editor-in-chief and director of Amsterdam-based daily NRC Handlesblad from 2010 to 2019.
A well-known commentator on Belgian and Dutch radio and television, has authored books on the French president François Mitterrand and former U.S. President Bill Clinton. His wife, Francine Cunningham, works in Brussels as a regulatory and public affairs director for international law firm Bird & Bird, advising companies on EU regulation in the technology, content and media sectors.

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Independent House

27 - 32 Talbot Street

Dublin 1

Ireland D01 X2E1


Telephone: +353 (0)1 705 5333


Website: ( Formerly, now redirects)

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Although a number of sources confirm The Herald launched as The Evening Herald in 1891, there is no clear information about who founded the publication.

Audience share total taken from publisher statement, reflects average sales from January to June 2020.

Audience share percentage calculated by taking this number as a percentage of total audience of 2,580,000 as used by Kantar Media (65% of 16+ Population).

No information about voting rights of Shareholders available.

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Within the media industry in Ireland reporting on income levels are generally at group level rather than individual title level. On top of this, overall revenue details for the market as a whole are unavailable. Due to these factors it is not possible to report accurately on market share for individual titles or groups.

There is currently no standard audience measurement available for print and online news titles in Ireland. Individual titles publish data on readership or users but measurement parameters and sources vary between organisations, therefore it is not possible to report an accurate audience share for the purposes of this project.

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