The Irish Times
The awards regularly bestowed on journalists at The Irish Times bear out its status as the Emerald Isle’s daily newspaper of record. While jealously guarding its stylistic sobriety, it draws a wide readership, especially for its Saturday edition. Founded by Protestants in 1859, and now overseen by a board of trustees charged with safeguarding its political and religious independence, The Irish Times relies on a vast network of foreign correspondents and such prestigious columnists as writer/arts commentator Fintan O’Toole.
Its website, launched in 1994 for the Irish diaspora, was overhauled in June 2008. Now rather elegant, this on-line service offers free access to all daily articles and several editorial blogs. Its archives reproduce – for a fee – facsimiles of back issues from 1859 to 1996.