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!
The vote on whether to repeal the 8th Amendment of Ireland's constitution, paving the way to change abortion law in Ireland, is set for May 25, and campaigning is taking off.
What about parents or grandparents spare rooms? If there's a child involved where the other parent's support? There's more to the 10,000 homeless in Ireland than meets the eye.
Despite all the #IBelieveHer support this woman will be a subject of comment and speculation for years to come, just like the accused Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.
Has Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald not learned after the the Barry McElduff Kingsmill Twitter debacle? Now Senator Maire Devine's Brian Stack tweet!
From tax and immigration with Donald Trump to Mayor de Blasio's Gerry Adams misstep. It was quite a week for the Irish in Washington D.C and New York.
Following Storm Emma and the Beast from the East Ireland is warned that the country faces a water crisis.
The way we coped with the perfect storm in Ireland last week fell into two categories, both of them very Irish...
Ireland's development plan promises a €116 billion investment as the Irish government prepare for an extra one million people to arrive to its shores.
A fairer reading of why talks last week failed would recognize that DUP leader Arlene Foster had gone as far as she could, that she genuinely wanted the talks to succeed and the power-sharing administration to be re-established. Sinn Féin had pushed too far and the result was a collapse.
Mary Lou McDonald's acceptance speech as the new president of Sinn Fein at the special party convention in Dublin last weekend was a missed opportunity on a number of levels.