Associated Newspapers buys Ireland on Sunday

LONDON - The Daily Mail & General Trust subsidiary, Associated Newspapers, has bought Ireland on Sunday from Scottish Radio Holdings for £7.4m.

The move that marks Associated's first major foray into the Irish

newspaper market.

Ireland on Sunday was launched on September 1997 with a stated circulation target of 60,000.

It was launched to fill a gap in the Irish market following the demise of the Sunday Press in May 1995. The Sunday Press's last ABC circulation was 154,121 (July-Dec 1994).

The paper is headed by Martin Clarke who is one of Associated's star editors, having previously edited the Scottish Daily Mail, the Daily Record and The Scotsman.

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