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!
Brexit is already affecting the Republic of Ireland and the North before it even starts.
The Cead Mile Failte is still important but it needs to be backed up with the real thing, not the diddley-eye version of an Irish holiday.
The most ridiculous idea to have emerged in the Brexit debate - and that's saying something - is that it will lead to a united Ireland in the near future.
British government issued a 28-page position paper on the Northern Ireland border reads like contradictory pie in the sky stuff... cause it is.
When the old mains pipes burst leaving thousands of people with no water, Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein criticized the "incompetence" of Irish Water, funded by the government... the brass neck of it!
The Brexit train is coming down the tracks and the people of Northern Ireland have no power-sharing administration.
The minimum for Sinn Fein in that regard is an open and honest admission that some of the acts carried out by the IRA in the past -- like the Birmingham pub bombings.
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.