John is a veteran Dublin journalist who has worked in senior editorial positions in national newspapers in Ireland for 40 years. He has been writing his weekly Ireland Calling column for the Irish Voice newspaper in New York since its foundation. The column now also appears on IrishCentral.
A graduate in Economics and Politics from Trinity College Dublin, John started his career in the early 1970s in the Irish Press, where he worked in News and Features and was Assistant Editor of the paper for over ten years. He joined the Irish Independent group in 1987 and worked in News and News Analysis and as an editorial writer. He also worked as Features Editor and Supplements Editor, developing new sections for the paper like the Weekend magazine and starting the educational supplements which are now a regular part of Irish newspapers.
Now semi-retired, in recent years he has been Literary Editor of the Irish Independent. When his now adult children ask him why he doesn't write books he points out that his weekly Irish Voice column has been running for 29 years and that adds up to a small library!
What is it with a lot of Irish people who feel they should get everything for free?
"Unless "drastic action" is taken house prices in Ireland will continue to rise for the next five to 10 years."
The case of Donegal native John Cunningham, recently arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Boston, attracted a lot of attention here in Ireland last week, just as it did in the U.S.
After all the excitement about the election of Leo Varadkar as our new taoiseach last week, it has to be said that his first week in office turned out to be a bit of a disappointment.
The election of Leo Varadkar as the new leader of Fine Gael and therefore our next taoiseach marks a minor revolution in Irish politics -- with the emphasis on the word minor.
What about the circumstances that allowed the atrocity to happen and about whether it could have been prevented.
"Building it will be the easy part of making it an attractive and safe part of Dublin's city center."
Ireland's government has been abdicating responsibility for running large parts of our health and education services to religious orders ever since the foundation of the Irish Republic.
Were the Americans on board the ship that sank off the coast of Cork the reason that 1,198 people died?
"We are in a uniquely vulnerable position and we have to protect ourselves."