IRIS Magazine

IRIS is an English and Irish language magazine which focuses on Irish republicanism, Irish politics, current affairs, history and foreign affairs. The first issue of the magazine was published in 1981.[1][2] Its headquarters is in Belfast.[2]

IRIS Magazine
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Summer 2007 edition focusing on Operation Harvest
EditorMark Moloney
CategoriesNews and current affairs, History, Irish republicanism
PublisherParnell Publications
First issueApril 1981
Based inBelfast
LanguageEnglish, Irish


IRIS was named after a republican weekly publication which existed between 1973 and 1980. IRIS is also the Irish language word for journal as well as being the initials of the Irish Republican Information Service.


IRIS first appeared in April 1981 and its content focused heavily on The Troubles in Northern Ireland. The magazine was originally intended to be a quarterly news and current affairs publication aimed at foreign readership. The magazine faced considerable difficulties in first two years but appeared regularly between 1982 and 1993. Gerry Adams described the magazine as being "of central importance of discussion, debate and education to the ongoing development of the republican struggle".[3] The magazine ceased publication in 1993 but was relaunched in 2005.[4]


Former editors include:

  • 1981–1993 - Unknown
  • 2005–2006 - Jim Slaven
  • 2006–2009 - Seán Mac Brádaigh
  • 2009–2011 - Mícheál Mac Donncha
  • 2011–present - Mark Moloney


  1. ^ Abstentionism
  2. ^ a b "Directory of N. Ireland Political Periodicals". Fortnight (17). 1985. JSTOR 25550647.
  3. ^ Adams, Gerry (2006). Iris: The Republican Magazine. Ireland: Republican Publications. ISSN 0790-7869.
  4. ^ Bobby Sandstrust. Archives