is the online platform for the Irish Examiner, a daily broadsheet newspaper published Monday to Saturday. It is part of The Irish Times Group, one of two national daily titles published by this organisation. Editorial and commercial operations for the Irish Examiner across print and online continue to be based in Cork city.

Originally titled the Cork Examiner, in 1996 the name was changed to The Examiner and subsequently in 2000 to the Irish Examiner. Traditionally the newspaper was viewed as a regional or Munster paper, more recently the title has moved to broaden its reach to a national audience, the website and app are key platforms for readership growth throughout Ireland and internationally.

Latest data for online readership of is 3 million users per month (Google Analytics 2022). The Irish Examiner also has a News App and an ePaper App. In 2021 the Irish Examiner launched a subscription model for its online content to complement its print subscription, readers have a set number of free articles available per week before they reach a subscription paywall.

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The Irish Times DAC


Ownership Structure

The is owned and operated by The Irish Times DAC which is ultimately owned by The Irish Times Trust CLG. The company has no shareholders but is managed by two boards, Board of The Irish Times Trust CLG and The Board of The Irish Times DAC, members of which are appointed by the Board of The Irish Times Trust CLG.

Voting Rights

All directors have a single vote in any decisions made. In the event where there is a disagreement, the three directors nominated to the board by the Trust have an effective veto where they have 50% of all votes plus 1. However, this can only be used in exceptional circumstances where a Board of Directors proposal contravenes the objectives, principles and standards set out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association for the Trust. In this event lawyers for the Trust and the Board must agree that the proposal constitutes a ‘significant policy’ under the Memorandum and Articles of Association for the Trust.

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Thomas Crosbie Holdings

Thomas Crosbie Holdings, owners and publishers of what is now known as the Irish Examiner launched in 1997. At this point the newspaper was named The Examiner and the website address was
The Crosbie family had a long running association with the Irish Examiner, in 1872 Thomas Crosbie, a reporter and editor of the The Cork Examiner, took ownership which would remain for five generations of the Crosbie family under the Thomas Crosbie Holdings company (TCH). In 2013 TCH went into receivership with media interests being sold to Landmark Media, a company backed by Ted and Tom Crosbie, descendants of Thomas Crosbie. In 2018 under Liam Kavanagh, Managing Director of The Irish Times DAC, The Irish Times acquired most of the media interests of Landmark Media, ending the association between the Crosbie family and the Irish Examiner.

Affiliated Interests Ceo

Karen O’Donoghue

took on the role of Managing Director for the Irish Examiner and Tee Echo in 2023. She joined the Irish Examiner marketing department in 2003 overseeing national marketing campaigns and branding strategies for both titles. Karen O’Donoghue also led the implementation of data analytics and the development of the Irish Examiner subscription service.

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

Tom Fitzpatrick

was appointed editor of the Irish Examiner in 2019. He started his career in The Echo in 2007 before moving to Lindon to take up a digital strategy role with Emap’s Construction News and subsequently being promoted to News Editor (2013), Deputy Editor (2014) and Editor in 2017. He returned to the Irish Examiner Group as Editor of the Irish Examiner succeeding Allan Prosser.

Affiliated Interests other important people

Deirdre Veldon

Managing Director of The Irish Times Group. Joined The Irish Times in 1996 and held a number of journalist and editorial roles. Deputy Editor of The Irish Times and a member of The Irish Times DAC Board or Directors since 2017.


The Irish Examiner

Linn Dubh

Assumption Road



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Telephone: +353 (0) 21 4272722


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Further Information

Meta Data reports that it has 3 million monthly users (GA data December 2022).

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.

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.

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