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!
"If a last minute deal can be reached that will mean a hard border in Ireland as an unintended consequence, one wonders whether the rest of the EU would stick with the backstop."
From an Irish and European perspective, what is striking is the similarity between the situation on opposite sides of the Atlantic. In the U.S. it's dealing with migration from Central America; over here it's dealing with migration from North Africa.
Attitudes have certainly shifted. As the European migrant crisis continues many EU leaders could well be tuning in to Britain's Boris Johnson's thoughts.
Does Ireland's abortion referendum represent the death of Catholic Ireland?
Ireland where 66.4% voted to for change in the referendum is living in changing times and the motherland needs to trust her young.
What May 25 referendums comes down to is whether you believe "a woman has the absolute right to decide what happens to and within her own body" Ireland will have its say... after a long slog.
Ireland is enraged by the tragedy that over 17 women were condemned to death while their medical results were withheld while Ireland's government tries to take advantage and authorities posture.
What's the truth behind the cervical smear test scandal in Ireland? Was it a cover-up or simply a flaw in the system? The reality is it's too late for some answers.
What with house prices soaring and unions demanding big increases for no extra productivity, it's beginning to feel like the good old days of the boom. And we all know how that ended.
Were the Americans on board the ship that sank off the coast of Cork the reason that 1,198 people died?