M/04/030 – M/04/030 – Celtic News Group / Westmeath Offaly Print Company, Westmeath Offaly Independent Holdings and Westmeath Examiner

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Transaction details

proposal whereby Celtic News Group Limited (Celtic) would acquire The Westmeath Offaly Independent Print Company Limited, The Westmeath Offaly Independent (Holdings) Limited and The Westmeath Examiner Limited (together “the target companies”). The Authority notified the Minister for Enterprise Trade & Employment (“the Minister”) and the parties that it considers the proposed transaction to be a media merger within the meaning of section 23 of the Act.

Notification date Decision date
Thursday May 6, 2004 Wednesday, June 2, 2004
Parties Involved Business activities
Celtic News Group

Celtic publishes The Meath Chronicle, a weekly regional newspaper targeted at Co. Meath and the Anglo-Celt, also a weekly regional newspaper targeted at Co. Cavan.

Westmeath Offaly Print Company

publication of the following titles: The Westmeath Examiner, the Westmeath Independent, and the Offaly Independent whose circulation is targeted at Mullingar and 20 miles environs, Athlone and 20 miles environs, and Tullamore and Northwest Offaly.

Economic sector Media merger
Newspaper Yes
Submissions from third parties due by:
Phase 1 Phase 2
Current status: Completed
Preliminary investigation (Phase 1)
Authorised Officer Assigned Contact Details


Media enquiries: MKC Communications: 01 7038600

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