Primary Department
School of Communications
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus

Academic biography

Professor Emeritus, B.C.L., Barrister-at-Law, Ph.D. Email: Former chair of the Masters in Journalism programme at DCU. Member of faculty, School of Communications, DCU, 1982-2015. Special interests include media, culture, the environment and history. He created in 2020 the website, a resource for self-starting climate groups. Awarded in 2018 the gold medal of the Irish Legal History Society. Elected in 2017 an honorary bencher of King's Inns. Won in 2005 the DCU President's Award for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Member of the Irish broadcasting regulator 1998-2003 and 2010-2015. Founding board member of the E.U. Media Desk in Ireland, and member of the Irish government's Media Mergers Advisory Group 2008. Former RTE reporter/presenter, and later produced Ireland's first two independently commissioned current affairs programmes. Long-standing journalist and regular columnist with Irish national newspapers. His Irish-American Odyssey (University of Missouri Press, 2014) is a study of immigrants in the USA with particular reference to a family active in the arts, law and media. His other books include Moments that Changed Us: Ireland after 1973 (Gill & Macmillan, Dublin, 2005), The Power of Silence: Silent Communication in Daily Life (Karnac, London, 2011, & Geulnurim, Seoul, 2016) and The Enigma of Arthur Griffith: 'Father of Us All' (Merrion, Newbridge, 2020).

Research interests

Audiovisual policy, Broadcasting, Cultural studies, History, Journalism, Law, Media, Storytelling, Belief.