I’m a writer.
I’m never quite sure how to describe what I am, so I usually leave it to others. I occupy my time working as a freelance journalist, author, sub-editor, magazine designer, occasional blogger and tweeter, yet still find myself underemployed. Go figure!
In 2018, I spent more time covering the Charleton (Disclosures) tribunal than anything else. A few years before, it was the Smithwick tribunal. And in the dim and distant past, I was the Morris tribunal reporter for five years, the Go-To Guy when someone needed an article or interview on Garda corruption in Donegal. I wrote countless reports over nearly 700 days of hearings, spoke about it on radio and tv news programmes, and wrote a book after it finished.
Between 2013 and 2018 I wrote a regular media column for Village magazine. I also produced a BAI funded documentary, and did some editing work. In 2008, I co-authored a book with Martin Ridge about clerical child sexual abuse. I’ve written political stories, light entertainment and features, a screenplay currently stuck in development hell, pieces on history, archaeology, sports, and the occasional April Fool’s gag.
I’m a journeyman writer and, in theory at least, can turn my hand to anything.
There are courts to monitor, all too many cases get lost these days. There are changes to report on as Brexit bites. There might even be a Great Irish Novel to write, though that is unlikely. There are pages to fill, so I write.