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!
Getting through this housing crisis and making sure it is not repeated is the biggest challenge, apart from Brexit, now facing the government.
Will the new President of Ireland be a Donald Trump-esque artist, a "Dragon's Den" contestants, a Marilyn Monroe look-a-like or to devil we know and love Higgins?
"The problem is, it's not enough. It's just words." After years of suffering and mistrust in Ireland the feeling in Ireland post-Pope Francis's visit is one of anticlimax.
Priestly celibacy is an unnatural and impossible demand dreamed up by the church centuries after Christ died.
One extreme case of homelessness sheds light on overall Irish housing crisis - collapse of house building, the present shortage, what the government IS doing and the fact there is no instant solution.
“Hello Mary Lou, it's Belfast calling…” Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald's u-turn on United Ireland poll as United Kingdom Brexit plans fail.
The biggest problem facing the government in Ireland right now is the housing crisis. With house prices and rents soaring, too many people cannot find a place to live they can afford.
We are now a month into what has been declared officially to be a national drought. The last time we had a significant amount of rain was nearly two months ago.
"If a last minute deal can be reached that will mean a hard border in Ireland as an unintended consequence, one wonders whether the rest of the EU would stick with the backstop."
From an Irish and European perspective, what is striking is the similarity between the situation on opposite sides of the Atlantic. In the U.S. it's dealing with migration from Central America; over here it's dealing with migration from North Africa.