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!
It has been my privilege to be a voice from home for Irish America for so long.
Does anyone seriously think that our views on climate change carry much weight internationally? And should the Irish government be more worried about its finances?
"Rather than acknowledge the full extent of our complicated history are we now to mark only the centenaries of those parts of it that we like?"
The Irish government published its long-awaited Housing for All plan last week which promises to end Ireland's housing crisis, the biggest challenge facing the country.
With 88% of Irish fully vaccinated and booster shots for the vulnerable on the horizon Ireland, thus far, seems to have a handle on the pandemic.
"If anyone still needed a wake-up call on the effects of global warming, this was it. You could not avoid it, night after night on the news."
Vaccinating the Irish public got off to a slow start, but now Ireland is showing the world how it’s done, with more than 70 percent of the population fully vaccinated
Dublin is becoming multi-cultural and cosmopolitan, for better or for worse, thanks to immigration.