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The State in Transition

The State in Transition
  • State in Transition


John Horgan has enjoyed a dramatic and colourful career, from a Vatican Council of cardinals and clergy to the corridors of power in Leinster House, and from the European Parliament to the hallowed halls of academic life.

Starting out as a journalist in Dublin in the early 1960s with the Evening Press, the Catholic Herald and The Irish Times, John Horgan primarily focused on religious and educational stories and was the founding editor of the innovative Education Times. He was elected to Seanad Éireann in 1969 as a reforming independent politician and later served as a Labour Party TD and MEP. In later years he was Professor of Journalism at Dublin City University where he pioneered Irish media research. In 2007 he was appointed Ireland’s first Press Ombudsman.

In this fascinating book, leading Irish and international academics and other national figures consider the idea of a changing Ireland through the prism of different aspects of John Horgan’s career over the past four decades, specifically changes in media, politics, and education. Alongside these insightful essays, several of John Horgan’s former colleagues offer highly readable personal recollections of his contribution to Irish life.

Mark O’Brien, Bob Collins, Martin Conboy, Mary Corcoran, Séamus Dooley, Eithne Fitzgerald, Chris Frost, Andrew Gibson, Siobhán Harkin, Ellen Hazelkorn, Áine Hyland, Anthony Keating, J. J. Lee, Thomas Mitchell, Gary Murphy, Eunan O’Halpin, Ruairí Quinn, Theresa Reidy, Mary Robinson, Fergal Tobin, Brian Trench, Kevin Rafter



Kevin Rafter & Mark O’Brien


C-Format, Hardback





Release Date

October 2015


Additional Information

Weight .539 g
Dimensions .215 × .135 × .35 mm


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