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The Northside People is part of the Dublin People group of free newspapers which are distributed to homes in Dublin and are available at designated pick-up-points in supermarkets and convenience stores throughout the city.
The first edition of Northside People hit the streets in May 1987. The paper which was founded by Robin Webb divided in 1995 into east and west editions. Originally published on a bi-weekly basis, by the mid 1990s both editions were printed on a weekly basis. Around this time the Dublin People acquired the South News title, which was converted to Southside People. The first News Editor was Tim O'Brien. Journalists who have worked for the Dublin People group include writer and broadcaster Sean Moncrieff, playwright and novelist Lorcan Roche, Sinead Crowley, Joe Lowrey, Tom Hayes, Joe Humphries, Fiona Gartland, Nicola Tallent, Jack Gleeson, Aidan Kelly, Tony McCullagh, Ken Finlay, Pat O'Rourke, Neil Fetherston, Siobhan Maguire, Aoibhinn Twomey, Geraldine Comiskey, Sabra Aslam, Jo Anne Fox, Sean Murphy, Niall Bourke, Jamie Deasy, Warren Swords, Keith Falkiner, Michael Moloney, Melanie Finn, Brian Whelan and Kevin Jenkinson. In 2014 Celtic Media Group (CMG) entered a management agreement to run the Dublin People Group (DPG), publisher of the Northside and Southside People titles. Frank Mulrennan, chief executive of CMG and a former business editor at the Irish Independent, became interim chief executive at DPG.
The west edition was designed to target new areas in Dublin west as the city expanded into areas like Blanchardstown and beyond. It is available in areas including Ballymun, Finglas, Cabra, Phibsboro and Castleknock. The first editor of the west edition was Aidan Kelly who held the post until he resigned in December 2005. Current editor, Jack Gleeson, moved into the role in January 2006 after moving from his position as editor of sister paper, Southside People.
The original, east, edition is distributed to areas such as Coolock, Kilmore, Swords, Darndale, Priorswood, Santry, Donnycarney, Baldoyle, Sutton, Donaghmede, Artane, Whitehall, Kilbarrack, Raheny, Clontarf, Fairview, Malahide, Howth, Marino and the north-east inner city - Summerhill, Ballybough, North Strand, Sheriff Street & East Wall. Current editor is former chief reporter, Pat O'Rourke, who replaced Neil Fetherson after he moved into the editor's role in sister paper Southside People.
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