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!
Enough already, Bono - There's always been something a bit ludicrous about the mega rich lecturing us about global inequality.
How many people can you fit in a two-story rental property in Crumlin? More than 60 was the answer provided by an RTE television investigation.
Irish banks being built up at expense of customers - it's no wonder they're three times more profitable than other banks in the EU.
Impression the media seemed to be striving to give was that Ophelia was comparable to events in the Caribbean and Florida, which was simply not true.
Rather than a discernible shift in economic policy, it was more of the same old tax and spend stuff that has been endemic here for decades.
It's about time Varadkar's "people who get up early in the morning" and pay for everything through their taxes get a break.
For most Irish people, simply insisting that it's always a woman's right to choose without any legal restrictions is not an adequate position on this very difficult question.
Leo Varadkar makes it clear the government "does not believe in a culture of dependency and victim hood" but how will they heal Ireland's crisis?
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.