The Leinster Leader is a newspaper published in Naas, County Kildare, Ireland. Johnston Press bought the Leinster Leader Group in 2005. The Leinster Leader Group, as well as publishing the Naas-based Leinster Leader also published The Dundalk Democrat, Leinster Express (Port Laoise), Limerick Leader, Offaly Express, and the Tallaght Echo. The paper is currently owned by Iconic Newspapers, who acquired Johnston Press' titles in the Republic of Ireland in 2014.
The paper was founded 1880 in Naas, County Kildare, as the Leinster Leader and Central Counties Commercial and Agricultural Adviser by Patrick Cahill, LLB, who was its first editor in August 1880. Patrick Cahill was an Irish Nationalist, Land League Activist and supporter of Home Rule, he was jailed under the Coercion Act of 1881.
One of the early majority shareholder of The Leader in its early days was the MP for North Kildare James Laurence Carew.
Another editor of the paper were Seumus and his brother Michael O'Kelly, both prominent Nationalists, Michael succeeded Seamus as Editor of the Leader, in 1912, but upon his arrest in 1916, Seamus resumed the editorship briefly.
Recent editors have included Michael Sheeran (1997-2007) and Senator John Whelan.
According to ABC, circulation declined to 5,738 for the period July 2012 to December 2012, this represented a fall of 12% on a year-on-year basis.
- British buy up regional papers by Emma Browne, The Village, Thursday, 22 September 2005
- Ian Guider (17 September 2005). "Johnston Press spends over €240m to become largest Irish regional publisher". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
- "Johnston Press sells its 14 titles in the Republic". Irish Times. Retrieved 2014-08-22.
- The Leinster Leader – thundering off the presses since 1880 Kildare Online (http://www.kildare.ie).
- PROTECTION OF PERSON AND PROPERTY (IRELAND) ACT, 1881—MR. PATRICK CAHILL HANSARD 1803–2005
- Leader editor a founding member of the GAA Kildare Online (http://www.kildare.ie).
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