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!
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.
With the presidential election over and Michael D. Higgins safely back for another term, politics and pub conversation in Ireland have returned to the dreary normal.
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What's next and what can we learn after the tragic death of Emma Mhic Mhathúna and the 221 women who were failed by the Irish government and the health system?
It's ten years on from the shocking international recession that rocked Ireland to its core but have we really learned anything in the last decade?
The Dublin UFC champ is not funny, is not clever and is now so predictable he's no longer shocking. Why can he not use his position to become a role model with real dignity and influence?
Getting through this housing crisis and making sure it is not repeated is the biggest challenge, apart from Brexit, now facing the government.
Will the new President of Ireland be a Donald Trump-esque artist, a "Dragon's Den" contestants, a Marilyn Monroe look-a-like or to devil we know and love Higgins?