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Boost for UK campaigners as the Irish Sun ditches topless page three models

By Angela Haggerty, Reporter

August 8, 2013 | 3 min read

The Irish Sun has ditched topless page three models in favour of a more covered up approach, citing “cultural differences” in Ireland.

Campaign: There have been calls for an end to topless page three

The Irish Sun’s editor, Paul Clarkson, said page three was a hugely popular pillar of the Sun in the UK and “part of a package of great journalism” which engages, entertains and informs readers, adding: “In the Irish Sun we strive to share the qualities that make the newspaper great in print and digital, but we also strive to cater for our own readers’ needs and reflect the cultural differences in Ireland.”

Instead of topless page three, the paper has so far featured swimwear shots of former Miss World Rosanna Davison and Dutch model Sylvie van der Vaart.

According to the Irish Times, the Sun’s Dublin office has received enquiries about the change but only one reader is said to have demanded the return of topless page three.

The move will come as a boost to campaigners in the UK who have been lobbying the Sun to drop the topless pictures.

Change looked like it may be on the horizon earlier this year when Rupert Murdoch described page three as “so last century” on Twitter, but the paper’s new editor, David Dinsmore, insisted last month that it was a “good way to sell newspapers” and would be staying.

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