Monday 20 November 2017

Two senior appointments to the business team at INM

Dearbhail McDonald appointed Group Business Editor. Photo: Domnick Walsh
Dearbhail McDonald appointed Group Business Editor. Photo: Domnick Walsh Newsdesk Newsdesk

TWO senior appointments to the business team and Independent News & Media (INM) have been announced today.

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 at the newpaper.

Confirming the appointments, Stephen Rae, 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 Masters Degree in Journalism from Dublin City University.

Donal O'Donovan
Donal O'Donovan

She published her first book 'Bust: How the Courts Have Exposed the Rotten Heart of the Irish Economy' in 2010.

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 and, since 2010, Donal has played a key role in developing INM’s market leading business coverage, including as part of the team behind the explosive Anglo Tapes expose.

Originally from Castleconnell, Co Limerick, he was educated at Ardscoil Ris, Limerick and holds bachelor and masters degrees from University College Cork.

He is the current chairman of the Irish Business Journalists Association. 

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