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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Kevin O'Sullivan resigns as editor of the Irish Times

Kevin O'Sullivan. Photo: Twitter
Kevin O'Sullivan. Photo: Twitter
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Donal O’Donovan and Catherine Devine

Long time editor of the Irish Times Kevin O’Sullivan has stood down and is to be replaced by Paul O’Neill.

Mr O’Sullivan from Tramore, Co Waterford, had been editor since 2011 when he succeeded Geraldine Kennedy.

He had been news editor since 2006 before taking the top job at the paper. 

His new successor, Paul O’Neill, was previously editorial director at the paper and has been deputy editor since 2015. He is a member of the board of The Irish Times Limited.

Kevin O’Sullivan will remain with the newspaper in a newly created role as environment, agriculture and science editor.

In a statement, Mr O'Sullivan said he was "greatly honoured" to have edited The Irish Times for the past six years.

"My term has coincided with unprecedented turbulence and uncertainty for media businesses," he said.

He thanked the editorial team for their "consistent output of public-interest journalism" and said the publication is now on track to serve almost 60,000 subscribers across digital and print.

The Chairman of The Irish Times Dan Flinter said Mr O'Sullivan made a "major contribution" to the development of the Irish Times.

"On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Kevin for his commitment to the values of The Irish Times and to the changes that were successfully implemented during his tenure.

"We look forward to his continuing contribution to the organisation in his new role."

Mr Flinter also wished Paul O'Neill well in his new role as Editor of The Irish Times.

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