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Foinse (meaning Source) is the biggest Irish language newspaper in Ireland.
A national newspaper, it was originally published weekly on Saturdays. It was published in Carraroe, County Galway and printed in Tralee. It was first published in October 1996.
The newspaper closed temporarily in June 2009 when the owner, Pádraig Ó Céidigh, announced that he and Foras na Gaeilge could not agree on the terms of a new funding contract. Among the terms of the contract was increasing the amount of online material Foinse produced and publishing the paper in pdf form online free of charge two days after publication. Foras na Gaeilge also wanted the paper to keep its current form. These terms were unacceptable to Pádraig Ó Céidigh as the paper was losing money due to the decrease in advertising revenue over the last year. Ó Céidigh wanted to make the paper a free supplement to the Irish Independent at the weekend thereby increasing the circulation of the newspaper from 5,500 to 150,000. This business plan was unacceptable to Foras na Gaeilge.
The paper's return, independent of Foras na Gaeilge, was announced later in 2009. It is included with the Irish Independent every Wednesday.
Its stories cover the the Gaeltacht and Irish language topics in addition to articles on current affairs, sport, travel, business and education, as well as reviews. Editorial pieces and sections for Leaving Certificate students, Primary school pupils and for children also feature.