To our readers, thank you, and happy Christmas

On the 24th of November, 1992, the late Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom told an audience at London’s Guild Hall that the year drawing to an end “is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an annus horribilis.

To say the same of 2022, exactly thirty years on, might be appropriate. This was a year in Ireland, and the wider world, that began with covid lockdowns, progressed into the first major land war in Europe since 1945, spiralled into a global inflationary crisis, and ends, as it began, with homelessness and growing social disquiet. Inflation alone means that many of us are worse off as 2022 ends than we were when it dawned.

And yet, for all of that, it is perhaps too easy to lose perspective.

The spirit of Christmas is an intangible thing. For some of us, it is a time to reconnect with our faith – a reminder that hope and joy springs from the most unexpected of places, at the least expected of times – a stable, for example, in the depths of a desert winter. The Christmas story reminds us that every new birth is also a new beginning, and a fresh start. That the human story never ends – being as it is just the accumulation of billions of lives, and dreams, and accomplishments. Where there is life, there is hope, and Christmas is that old adage celebrated, by believer and unbeliever alike.

For others, it is a time to reconnect with family, and friends, and to reflect, perhaps, on those who we have lost. At many Christmas tables around the country this year, there will be an empty chair. A seat filled a year ago, but whose occupant has left us, for pastures new. While those tables will be tinged with sadness, they are a reminder, too, that a lifetime of happy memories is the greatest gift we can leave behind to those who love us.

At Gript, this year, as we break for Christmas, we look back on the year with some satisfaction. Our mission here is, and has ever been, to be a voice for those who feel that their voice is heard nowhere else in Irish society, and to raise concerns and cover stories that others find it ideologically convenient to ignore. Our audience, and our roster of writers, has grown this year, reflecting both the increasing disconnect between the political establishment and the public, and the hard work of our writers and backroom staff.

As we look forward to 2023, we hope to grow that audience further, and continue to earn your trust. Trust is very hard to earn and can be lost in a moment. Our job here is very simple: That our readers know, as a matter of certainty, that the facts they read on Gript are true. That the things we write, even if unpopular in other outlets, are important enough to mention. That our arguments and opinion pieces are reasonable and grounded in established facts and good humour. That winning your trust is more important to us than being first to a story or winning your clicks.

All of that, though, would be meaningless without your readership, and your support.

What we do here, we do only with your consent, and with your contribution. We continue to believe that a media outlet which takes money from the Government is de facto answerable to the Government, and we prefer to be answerable to our readers. If our occasional begging for money irritates you, then we ask simply that you consider the alternative, which is that we beg the Government, and try to appeal to them instead. Your continued support does not just pay our bills, it is the one and only guarantee of our independence.

In early 2023, we will make some announcements about our future, and the ways in which we intend to continue to grow our content, influence, and readership.

But for now, we just wanted to say thank you. And to wish you, and your family, a happy and peaceful Christmas, and to share in your hope, and ours, that 2023 will be a better year for the country, and the world, than the one which is drawing to a close.

The Editors.

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