Competition for Irish Catholic

Former editor of the Irish Catholic weekly newspaper, Simon Rowe, is launching a religious title next Thursday.

It is seen as a potential rival to the Irish Catholic which Rowe left in acrimonious circumstances after less than nine months as editor. A successor has yet to be appointed. The new weekly, The Voice , will be a 24-page tabloid format publication with a cover price of one euro.

Rowe, a highly regarded former business journalist, is reported to have secured a G 250,000 investment for his project from a 15member consortium. With an initial print run of 20,000 copies, it will appear on a Thursday, the same day as the Irish Catholic .

It will be printed in Belfast by the Andersonstown News.

By Des Cryan in Dublin

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