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 new government in Ireland, which was formed last weekend, is a historic coalition between Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, and the Green Party.
Anti-racism and any police protests in Ireland and the United States are bieng irresponsible and illogical.
Ireland's loss will be America's gain as Irish youths may be forced, once again, to leave Irish shores during economic depression.
Who would have thought that a visit to a garden center or a hardware store could be the cause of such excitement?
Did Churchill know about the threat to the Lusitania prior to the attack?
The Green Party's list of demands might be desirable but they're certainly not practical right now.