Mark Tighe, one of Ireland’s most acclaimed news journalists, will join the Sunday Independent next month from the Sunday Times.
Tighe, originally from Donegal, has won numerous awards for his investigative journalism and coverage of legal affairs. He was named News Reporter of the Year at the NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards in 2018 and 2019, also taking the overall Journalist of the Year award in 2019 for his exclusive stories revealing financial mismanagement at the Football Association of Ireland.
Along with Paul Rowan, he co-authored Champagne Football, a forensic account of the dysfunctionality at the heart of Irish soccer. Published in 2020, it was one of Ireland’s bestselling and most admired books of the year.
Tighe has also won six Justice Media awards from the Law Society for his legal reporting, as well as being honoured on several occasions in the UCD Smurfit Business Journalism awards.
“Mark is an outstanding and tenacious reporter — I’m absolutely delighted that he is joining us and enhancing our talented news team,” said Sunday Independent editor Alan English.
Meanwhile, Sunday Independent journalists Fearghal O’Connor and Maeve Sheehan have been shortlisted in the Sunday journalism category of the 2022 Justice Media Awards for their work on the Dolphin property collapse and the investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, respectively. O’Connor is also nominated in the International Justice Reporting category.