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New Irish Independent and Sunday Independent editors

Independent News and Media (INM) has appointed new editors to the two biggest newspapers in the country.

Fionnan Sheahan has been appointed Editor of the Irish Independent with immediate effect.

The Tipperary native has been Group Political Editor with Independent News and Media since 2013.

He had overseen the daily political coverage in the Herald before his appointment as Editor.

Mr Sheahan is a well-known analyst of current affairs across print and broadcast media.

He had previously worked as Political Editor with the Irish Independent from 2007-2013 and before that was with the Irish Examiner.

In 2012, he was part of a four-man team that took the top award for NNI National Journalist of the Year at the annual awards for the Irish Independent's 2011 presidential election coverage.


Cormac Bourke, who is originally from Kildare, has been appointed Editor of the Sunday Independent.

The father of four from Kildare was previously News Editor and Executive Editor at the Irish Independent.

The appointments to the sister papers of the Herald were announced at Independent House in Talbot Street, Dublin, yesterday.

Both editors will report to INM Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rae.

"We are delighted to announce the appointment of Fionnan and Cormac to their new roles where they will lead the most successful daily and Sunday newspaper titles on the island," Mr Rae said.

"They are committed to building INM's reputation as a digital company and enhancing our printed products.

"Both new editors have a passion for media and vast experience of news reporting at the highest level.


"Fionnan and Cormac will bring a fresh perspective to the titles and the delivery of content to our audiences."

The Irish Independent records sales of up to 112,383 copies and a readership of 691,000.

The Sunday Independent has weekly sales of 220,565 copies, and a readership of 992,000.