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 Labour Party's policy on Brexit means a win for them would be best for Ireland on Dec 12 at the Brexit elections.
Island of 2,000 people off west of Ireland coast the newest target of failed immigrant solution Direct Provision exemplifying why Ireland's system needs a full overhaul.
The beautiful face of Vietnamese 26-year-old who died in a people-smuggling truck is seared into our minds as four Irish among those arrested for this unthinkable crime.
Two-week confrontation in the small Co. Galway town of Oughterard over a proposed migrant center has again raised the question.