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!
In Europe the immigration crisis persists, right-wing politics is growing and well... Brexit! Trump doesn't use politically correct language and that lands him in the shit house.
This year is the 10th anniversary of the start of the crash in Ireland. Doesn't time fly when you're having fun coping with austerity?
What will the year 2018 bring for Ireland? An abortion referendum? A presidential election?
There are no 8,000 people on the streets - "the good news for those 184 people is that no one needs to sleep rough in Dublin this Christmas"
Brexit deal is like a Christmas recipe made to please everyone, despite the fact that the ingredients in the recipe don't actually work together.
Sadly, the elation lasted only a few hours. The DUP leader Arlene Foster quickly burst the bubble, saying she would not accept anything that would separate Northern Ireland economically or politically from the rest of the UK.
Crisis averted by Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald’s Tuesday resignation as Brexit talks loom large.
Our government does not know who our homeless are - income, marital status, details - and 10 years after the crash with construction at a standstill it is a wonder that more Irish aren't homeless.
Enough already, Bono - There's always been something a bit ludicrous about the mega rich lecturing us about global inequality.
How many people can you fit in a two-story rental property in Crumlin? More than 60 was the answer provided by an RTE television investigation.