As an experienced journalist, researcher, and teacher, I am available to offer advice, training, and consultancy in a range of different areas.

I offer training to individuals and groups on how to make information access requests. This can be done via Zoom and (dependent on Covid-19 restrictions) in person.

I provide such training to:

  • Students of journalism.
  • Working journalists: freelance, regional, and national.
  • Not for profits, and other non-governmental organisations.
  • Political parties and their staff.
  • Civil servants or other public sector workers.
  • Academics and other researchers.

Contact me at to discuss rates. As I am self-employed, I am unfortunately not in position to offer such training for free.

You can also contact me to discuss other research, journalism, or investigative projects.

An example of some of my investigative journalism work with the Sunday Tribune, Irish Mail on Sunday, and RTÉ Investigations Unit:

  • A series of stories on expenses and overseas travel by the former Ceann Comhairle John O’Donoghue, which subsequently led to his resignation. Read my blog post from 2009, which gives a comprehensive summary of those events. The original stories, which appeared in the Sunday Tribune, are no longer available online.
  • How former Taoiseach Enda Kenny intervened to break a salary cap by €35,000 for a friend and former advisor – read the story in the Irish Mail on Sunday.
  • How a government minister claimed mileage expenses for trips to and from his holiday home because he was working in his car – read the story from the Irish Mail on Sunday.
  • A series of stories that culminated in the repayment of more than €3,000 by the Fine Gael TD Michelle Mulherin for phone calls made to Kenya. Read the final report here.
  • How a former government minister John Perry hired his wife to work as his €38,000-a-year parliamentary assistant. And his explanation afterwards.
  • Duty of Care – an in-depth report into the abject failings of a health board to act on repeated allegations of sexual and physical abuse in a foster care home.

Some of my data journalism work in conjunction with RTÉ Digital and the RTÉ Investigations Unit:

  • ‘No Expenses Spared’ – two databases covering expenses paid to TDs & Senators and to government ministers, which were prepared for the website of the RTÉ Investigations Unit. These were published alongside a series of reports on loopholes and grey areas in the Irish political expenses system. Also, a third database of political pensions.
  • Seeking Asylum in Ireland: an in-depth look at statistics on those who seek refugee status in Ireland, their chances of success, and the conditions that they live in.
  • Suicide: The Figures – a detailed analysis of fourteen years of official figures on one of Ireland’s most intractable problems.