Beginning next Monday, The Irish Times is to introduce a digital subscription which will allow users to access up to 10 articles free per week, before being invited to subscribe.
Priced at €12 per month, the Standard Subscription will give full access to irishtimes.com on computers and mobile devices, including the digital archive of 150 years of Irish Times content.
A Premium Digital Subscription of €16/month includes Standard Subscription plus daily access to the ePaper, for people who like to read The Irish Times as it appears in print.
For €20/month the Weekend Print + Digital package will include the Premium Digital pack plus home delivery of the weekend newspaper on a Saturday.
For €50/month the Complete Print + Digital package will include the Premium Digital pack plus home delivery of the newspaper six days a week.
The home delivery options are only available in Dublin and certain other counties.
Editor Kevin O’Sullivan said the move is designed to “support future investment in journalism”. It is the second time that the newspaper has attempted to introduce a paywall. The previous paywall was removed in 2008, although a subscription continued to be required to access the archive.
Much of the Irish Times digital-only content will remain outside the paywall, including the homepage and section pages, videos, podcasts, liveblogs, photo galleries and blog posts. This content will not count towards the 10 article weekly quota.