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The big chair at the Sunday Business Post has finally been filled

And the winner is… Ex-Post, RTÉ then Post-again journalist Ian Kehoe.

IAN KEHOE HAS been given the nod to fill the vacant editor’s slot at the Sunday Business Post.

After much speculation about who would fill the role, Post reporter Roisin Burke gave the game away on Twitter this morning when she said she was “delighted” to have Kehoe as her new editor.

The Post later issued a statement confirming the appointment, which TheJournal.ie understands staff were only officially told about this morning.

Kehoe Source: Twitter/roisinmburke

The full-time editor’s slot has been vacant since the paper’s long-standing editor Cliff Taylor stood down in July after a decade in the job.

5/12/2006 Press Council Launch. Cliff Taylor, Editor of the Sunday Business Post, at the launch of details of the Press Council in Dublin. Photo Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Former Post editor Cliff Taylor (centre). Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Kehoe, a former business journalist of the year winner at the National Newspapers of Ireland Journalism Awards, left his job as the Sunday Business Post’s chief correspondent in 2010 for a brief stint with RTÉ.

Two years later he ditched the national broadcaster to return to his old haunt as assistant editor and business editor.

“Exciting time” as paper’s sales plummet

He will be fighting plunging sales at the Sunday business title, which shed about 11% of its circulation between the first half of 2013 and the same period this year.

Only five years ago the Post was selling an average 57,783 copies each week, but by this year the figure had dropped to 34,012.

In a statement, Post managing director Paul Cooke said the job came “at an exciting time in the life of the business” with the “stabilisation” of its circulation and the pending roll-out of new digital platforms.

Kehoe said: “I am delighted to have been selected as one of Ireland’s youngest national newspaper editors. I have ambitious plans for the future development of the Sunday Business Post, both in print and digital form.”

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