School of Communications
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
Academic biography Born Tralee, Co. Kerry, 26 October 1940. Education: St Gerard's, Bray, Co Wicklow; Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co. Limerick; University College, Dublin; University College, Cork (BA 1962, PhD 1997); The Law Society, Dublin. Employment: Evening Press (1962), Catholic Herald (1962-63), Irish Times (1963-1976). Editor, Education Times (1973-76). Member, Seanad Eireann, 1969-77; Dáil Eireann, 1977-81; European Parliament 1982-83. Dublin City University, 1983-2006. Member of: Interim Radio Commission (1985-87), Commission on the Newspaper Industry (1995-96), Forum on Broadcasting (2002). Fellow, Center for International Relations, Harvard University (1987-88). Jean Monnet Research Professor, European University Institute, Florence (2002). Appointed Press Ombudsman by the Press Council of Ireland (2007).
Research interests Journalism, Media, Media History, Media Ethics, Political Economy of Media; 20th Century Irish History and Biography.