The Irish Examiner, formerly The Cork Examiner and then The Examiner, is an Irish national daily newspaper which primarily circulates in the Munster region surrounding its base in Cork, though it is available throughout the country. Its main national rivals are The Irish Times, and the Irish Independent.

History

The paper was founded by John Francis Maguire under the title The Cork Examiner in 1841 in support of the Catholic Emancipation and tenant rights work of Daniel O'Connell. Historical copies of The Cork Examiner, dating back to 1841, are available to search and view in digitised form at The British Newspaper Archive.[2]

During the Spanish Civil War, the Cork Examiner took a strongly pro-Franco tone in its coverage of the conflict.[3]

Though originally appearing under The Cork Examiner title, it has re-branded in recent years to The Examiner, and subsequently The Irish Examiner to appeal to a more national readership.

The newspaper was part of the Thomas Crosbie Holdings group. Thomas Crosbie Holdings went into receivership in March 2013.[4] The newspaper was acquired by Landmark Media Investments.

As of 2004, its Chief Executive is Thomas J. Murphy, and its editor is Tim Vaughan. The newspaper was based at Academy Street, Cork for over a century, before moving to new offices at Lapp's Quay, Cork in early November 2006.

Circulation

According to National Newspapers of Ireland,[5] it had an average daily circulation of 42,083 (NNI July–December 2011). This represents a decline of 23.5% since the same period in 2007.

According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, Ireland, the average daily circulation was down to 40,245 for the period January to June 2012. This represented falling circulation of 7% on a year-on-year basis.[6]

  • Circulation then further declined to 39,555 for the period July to December 2012. This represented a fall in circulation of 6% on a year-on-year basis.[7]
  • Circulation then further declined to 37,009 for the period July to December 2013.[8]
  • Circulation then further declined to 35,028 for the period January to June 2014.[9]
  • Circulation then further declined to 34,422 for the period July to December 2014.[10] This represented a fall in circulation of 7% on a year-on-year basis.
  • Circulation then further declined to 33,198 for the period January to June 2015.[11]
  • Circulation then further declined to 32,648 for the period July to December 2015.[12]