Irish Daily Star

The Irish Daily Star is a tabloid newspaper published in Ireland by Reach Solutions Ireland, a subsidiary of Reach PLC. The paper is known for its in-depth and often sensational coverage of crime, its heavy focus on celebrity news, and its extensive sports section. The Paper is owned by Reach Solutions Ireland, a subsidiary of Reach PLC.

When the paper first launched in 1988, it attempted to distinguish itself from its British counterpart with the slogan "Better... because we're Irish". This has since been changed to “Is Fearr an Star”, an Irish sentence which translates to “The Star is better”. It has been noted for producing more content specifically targeting Irish audiences than other Irish editions of UK tabloids.

In September 2018, Reach PLC acquired the 50% stake in The Irish Daily Star formerly owned by Northern & Shell. In November 2020, Reach PLC were approved to buy the remaining 50% of the paper held by Independent News and Media (now Mediahuis Ireland), bringing their total ownership to 100%.


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The Irish Daily Star is owned by Reach Solutions Ireland, a subsidiary of the British publicly traded company Reach PLC.

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Jim Mullen

Was born in Glasgow in 1970. He studied computing in Glasgow Caledonian University and has a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from the University of Westminster. Prior to becoming CEO of Reach PLC, Mullen was the CEO of high street bookmakers Ladbrokes in 2015, having worked there as a Managing Director since 2013. He also previously worked as the Chief Operating Officer of William Hill Online, and Director of Digital Strategy and Product Management at News International. He is currently a Senior Independent Non Executive Director at Racecourse Media Group.

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Neil Leslie

Is the Group Print Editor for the Irish Daily Mirror and the Irish Daily Star at Reach PLC. Prior to this he was an Editor and the Head of News at the Irish Daily Star. Other positions previously held include Managing Editor, Magazine Editor and Assistant Editor (news) at Sunday World and launch editor at He also worked at Neil is a graduate of National College of Ireland, and studied at Dublin City University, where he received a Master’s Degree in Climate Change, Media and Public Policy. He is a member of the Press Council of Ireland Code of Conduct Committee, and the judging panel for Newsbrands Ireland national journalism awards.


Independent House

27-32 Talbot Street

Dublin 1

D01 X2E1


Telephone: +353 (0) 1 499 3400


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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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