Businessman Malcolm Denmark has purchased the Longford Leader and its sister titles heralding an exciting new era for local newspapers in Ireland .
Mr Denmark was in Ireland last week for the announcement of the purchase and said it represented a new chapter in the history of the Longford Leader.
The purchase also includes another eleven leading provincial papers, including the Donegal Democrat, Limerick Leader and Kilkenny People.
Mr Denmark said he was privileged and honoured to purchase the Longford Leader – given its unique place in Longford history.
Remarking on the continued success of the Longford Leader, Mr Denmark said its undoubted strength rests with its deep sense of community and the rich local content.
He added: “Our aim is to make sure we remain the pre-eminent source of news and information in our local communities, whether that news is accessed in print or digitally.”
The successful businessman said he was really looking forward to working with the staff at the Longford Leader and that he has already been greatly impressed by the team and indeed the county and town on his few visits here todate.
“The Longford Leader is a unique paper with a rich history and place of importance in the county,” he stated.
“We want to build on that success and it is my intention that the Longford Leader and its sister papers will be managed and ran from within Ireland.”
He emphasised that the Longford Leader has been published since 1897 and he is extremely conscious of the unique role it plays in community life in Longford and the surrounding counties.
He said: “We are just custodians for what is a very important brand – arguably one of the foremost brand in the area. That is a significant responsibility and one which we will take very seriously.”
Confirmation of the sale of the paper was welcomed by editor, Sheila Reilly, who said: “It is a wonderful development for the paper and all the staff, contributors, newsagents and everybody associated with what is a local institution.
“We have met with Malcolm a number of times now and are greatly impressed by his enthusiasm for the local community and for the Leader.
“We really look forward to working with him and are keen to embark on what will be an exciting, innovative and enriching new chapter.”