I’m married with two small children and live in Enfield, Co. Meath. I work from home. I write a column for The Irish Times.
I have a degree in History from TCD and a post-graduate Diploma in Business Studies from the Michael Smurfit Business School in UCD. Between 1995 and 1998 I worked for Esat Telecom and Esat Digifone. This involved working on the bid for the second mobile phone licence which landed me in the Moriarty Tribunal. I concealed from my legal team that I had leaked information from the Tribunal but admitted to the Tribunal that I was the source of the leak.
From 1998 to 2000 (roughly) I did a lot of freelance PR/marketing work on really diverse projects from Fine Gael to Meteor to research stuff for RTE to the FAI and ended up working full time for Cape Clear Software. We parted company (amicably) in 2003 when I had my first baby.
I’d always wanted to write, so some years ago I began my blog GUBU so I could store ideas for future reference. Then people started reading it, which was unexpected. The Sunday Times read the blog, (after being pestered to do so by my friend Tom McEnaney who worked for them), liked it and offered me a column. The blog ended up being a portfolio, which was great. And I made new friendships and kept old ones alive which was also nice.
In October 2007, I left The Sunday Times and moved to The Irish Times. I also present the Midweek show on TV3, while the regular host is on extended leave.
Comments policy: I’m into free speech and all that, but this is my site so I will delete comments that are libelous or mean, especially when they are mean about people I like.