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Tuesday 22 January 2019

Columnist John Waters 'stops contributing' to the Irish Times

Journalist John Waters
Journalist John Waters
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Columnist John Waters has stopped writing for the Irish Times, the newspaper has confirmed.

The newspaper told that Mr Waters has ‘decided to stop contributing columns to the Irish Times’.

Mr Waters’ weekly column featured in the newspaper every Friday since 1991.

However, his work had not appeared in the paper since late January and the slot was replaced by columnists Olivia O’Leary and Kathy Sheridan. The newspaper reported that John Waters was on leave at the end of each column, but did not mention Waters’ leave for the first time today.

“The editor has thanked him for his contributions to the Irish Times over the years and wishes him well in his future endeavours,” a spokesperson for Irish Times editor Kevin O’Sullivan told

The columnist is understood to have been unhappy at the Irish Times since the ‘Pantigate’ homophobic debate at the beginning of this year.

Attempts to contact John Waters by were unsuccessful this afternoon.

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