Google has signed a deal with seven Irish news partners as part of a new plan to support Irish media.
Among the publishers taking part in the deal are The Irish Times, Celtic Media and The Journal, representing almost 40 publications with a mix of local, regional and national news organisations from across the country.
High-quality news content will be licensed by Google for News Showcase, which is a product experience and licensing programme for news.
News Showcase is planned to be rolled out to Irish readers in the coming months.
Since last year, almost 1,000 news publications globally have signed deals for News Showcase in countries including India, Germany, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Australia, Czechia, Japan, Colombia, the UK, Austria and Argentina.
Director of Online Partnerships, EMEA at Google Anthony Nakache stated that the company is committed to supporting a sustainable news model for publishers across the globe and in Ireland.
Nakache stated, “We look forward to working collaboratively with the publishers to help further connect their news stories and content to their readership, while also expanding on our mission to help people access trustworthy information online and to support an open web for all,”.