Currently working as an assistant lecturer at Dublin Institute of Technology where I teach in the School of Media. Also work as a freelance journalist and consultant specialising in Freedom of Information, data journalism, and investigative reporting. I worked for two years with the RTÉ Investigations Unit, where I helped establish the unit’s website and also worked on long-term television projects and major online data projects: (www.rte.ie/investigations). Author of two books, Snouts in the Trough: Politicians and their expenses and Revenge, a true crime book. Winner of TV3 Story of the Year Award for 2009 following a series of stories in the sadly departed Sunday Tribune, which led to the resignation of Ceann Comhairle John O’Donoghue. A long-running series of articles that same year regarding expenses led to major changes in the way politicians were paid allowances.
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- Government had to create new €15,000 allowance after discovering they could only pay two junior ministers to attend Cabinet
- Millions of euro in tax avoided by high wealth individuals through two gaping loopholes on personal retirement plans
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- Minister Leo Varadkar runs up €907 toll bill in seven months but the toll roads he travelled on are redacted for “security reasons”
- RTÉ’s Ray D’Arcy generates more complaints than anybody else according to analysis of Broadcasting Authority figures