Wednesday 21 February 2018

INM appoints new business editors

Dearbhail McDonald. Photo: Domnick Walsh Photography
Dearbhail McDonald. Photo: Domnick Walsh Photography
Donal O'Donovan
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

Independent News & Media (INM) has announced two new senior appointments as it strengthens its market-leading business coverage.

Dearbhail McDonald, who has previously served as Associate Editor and Legal Editor of the Irish Independent, has been appointed Group Business Editor at INM.

Meanwhile, Donal O'Donovan, who worked most recently as Deputy Business Editor of the Irish Independent, has been appointed Business Editor of that newspaper.

Confirming the appointments, Stephen Rae, group editor-in-chief at INM, said that the pair will "drive improved business coverage across our editorial platforms".

Ms McDonald, a global Eisenhower Fellow, is a former news correspondent with The Sunday Times, and has won a series of awards for her legal affairs coverage and is a former Young Irish Medical Journalist of the Year.

The Newry native is a member of the External Advisory Board of Maynooth University Department of Law, and holds an LL.B (Law) from Trinity College Dublin as well as a Master's Degree in Journalism from Dublin City University.

Mr O'Donovan is one of the country's most-experienced financial journalists. Before joining INM in 2010 he worked as a reporter and editor with Reuters, covering the international banking and debt markets.

A respected reporter and analyst, in 2015 it emerged that he was the only Irish journalist whose reports on the crisis in the bond markets were included in the secret correspondence between Jean-Claude Trichet and the late Brian Lenihan in the run up to the EU/IMF Bailout.

He began his career as a reporter with Live 95fm in Limerick. Originally from Castleconnell, Co Limerick, he was educated at Ardscoil Ris, Limerick, and holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from University College Cork.

He is the current chairman of the Business Journalists Association, Ireland.

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