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!
A mood of gloom and depression has descended on Ireland as the country heads into Level 5 lockdown.
As Ireland and the rest of the world continues a fierce battle against Covid-19, John Spain analyzes the Irish government’s strategy.
As infection numbers in Dublin rise with the city center already a ghost town, Ireland must hold firm to flatten the curve again, although it's tough going.
There's a last-ditch effort to save the traditional Irish pub, but they have been closed for six months now and it may be too late for many of them.
John Spain argues that Phil Hogan's resignation in the midst of Brexit could not have come at a worse time.
Golfgate sees "the already low standing of the Irish political class has now hit rock bottom," writes John Spain.
Ireland's recent spike in COVID-19 cases has put the spotlight on the country's meat plants and direct provision centers.
Pubs that do not serve food in Ireland are to remain closed until at least August 30 thanks to coronavirus.