The Leinster Leader is embarking into an exciting new era with confirmation that it and its sister titles, have been purchased by businessman, Malcolm Denmark.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 landmark Co Kildare paper. The purchase also includes another eleven leading provincial papers, including the Portlaoise-based, Leinster Express.
Mr Denmark said he was privileged and honoured to purchase the Leinster Leader – given its unique place and importance in the history of the county.
He said he sees a great future for the Leader and 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 Naas-based paper, and that he has already been greatly impressed by the team and indeed the county and town on his few visits here todate. A successful racehorse owner, he is a frequent visitor to the county anyway and would be well known in racing circles.
He went on to say: “The Leader is a unique paper with a rich history and place of importance in the county. We want to build on that success and it is my intention that the Leader and its sister papers will be managed and ran from within Ireland.”
He emphasised that the Leader has printed since 1880 and he is extremely conscious of the unique role it plays in community life in Co Kildare and the surrounding counties. He said: “We are just custodians for what is a very important brand – arguably the foremost brand in Co Kildare. That is a significant responsibility and one which we will take very seriously.”
Confirmation of the sale of the paper was welcomed by editor, Pat Somers, who said: “It is a new dawn 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 the paper. We really look forward to working with him and are keen to take the paper on what will be an exciting, innovative and enriching new chapter.”