John Horgan: An editor perennially involved in the business of shaping the public consciousness
I HAVE had the pleasure of knowing Aengus Fanning for many years, not just on a personal level but as an occasional contributor to the Sunday Independent. Whether you agreed with him or not (and he never took disagreement personally), he was unfailing good company, full of ideas, and perennially involved in the business of shaping the public consciousness in ways he felt were important for the country.
Editing a major newspaper demands flair and intuition, and Aengus had both of these characteristics in spades.
It also involves a continuous balancing act, reconciling and combining a view of what the public wants, and a view about what the public ought to have. He was rarely troubled by doubts on either score, and his enthusiasms were infectious.