Gerard Cunningham is a freelance journalist living in Co Kildare. A native of West Donegal, he writes for local and national outlets on topics as varied as crime and courts, politics, new technology, and local history, with a particular interest in archaeology and early Celtic society. He also works as a sub editor, designer and on occasion as a photographer.

Gerard is the author of two books, Chaos and Conspiracy, published in April 2009, and Breaking the Silence (along with Martin Ridge). He also worked as consultant editor on Charades, by Karen McGlinchey.

He has covered three tribunals of inquiry into Garda corruption, most recently the Charleton (Disclosures) tribunal and before that, the Smithwick tribunal.

For five years between 2003-08 he covered the Morris tribunal, providing stories to both national and local newspapers, and to broadcast media. He is the only journalist to have attended every day of public evidence at the inquiry into Garda corruption.

He also covered related stories, including the Frank Shortt and McBrearty family civil cases, and the criminal trial of Det Sgt John White.

For more information, check out books by Gerard Cunningham, and the 200 Words blog.