Thursday 26 April 2018

Back to classroom for press watchdog

Press Ombudsman, Professor John Horgan. Photo: Damien Eagers
Press Ombudsman, Professor John Horgan. Photo: Damien Eagers

Danielle Stephens

THE Press Ombudsman John Horgan will return to teaching after he retires from the Press Office in September.

Mr Horgan will follow in the footsteps of Mary McAleese in becoming a visiting professor at Boston College.

The first ever Press Ombudsman, who taught on the journalism programme at Dublin City University, will spend a semester in America, teaching Irish politics and history.

Mr Horgan (73) said he was looking forward to letting someone else take over, but felt "honoured" to have been there from the start of the organisation.


"It's a wonderful privilege to be at the birth of a new institution and give it a shape, a bit of energy and a lot of momentum," he said at a drinks reception.

"What really has been the highlight is co-operating with all of these people from absolute scratch getting it accepted by the media, the public and the Government," added Mr Horgan.

Former RTÉ head of broadcasting compliance Peter Feeney will replace Mr Horgan in September.

Despite never working in the newspaper world, Mr Feeney believes that he has a lot to bring to the table.

"I was the head of current affairs programming in the 1990s for RTÉ, so I'm familiar with a world working with journalists," he said.

Irish Independent

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