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Meet the team: TheJournal.ie's factcheckers

Here are the editors and reporters behind Ireland’s main factchecking outlet.

Updated on May 13, 2019

MEET THE TEAM of editors and reporters who make up the factchecking team here at TheJournal.ie

SUSAN DALY As managing editor of TheJournal.ie, Susan is responsible for directing, innovating and developing content and distribution strategy for Ireland’s biggest news website. Susan set up TheJournal.ie FactCheck in 2016 as a way to monitor the Irish general election and was responsible for the expansion and development of the project, which is the only Irish signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. Prior to joining TheJournal.ie in 2011, Susan was deputy news editor at the Irish Daily Star and a columnist and news features writer at the Irish Independent. 

CHRISTINE BOHAN As deputy editor of TheJournal.ie, Christine’s work focuses on producing quality news stories for online audiences. Since 2011, she has helped lead the newsroom in breaking stories, social media, innovation and storytelling. Before that, she worked at The Guardian on the comment desk and as a freelance news features journalist for The Irish Times and The Sunday Tribune. She is an occasional lecturer in journalism at Dublin City University and is a frequent contributor to national radio and television shows. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in social policy and has a Masters degree in journalism from Dublin City University. 

SINÉAD O’CARROLL Sinéad is editor at TheJournal.ie and is responsible for the daily output of the website’s reporters, as well as longer term planning on projects including FactCheck. She provides factchecking services to nationwide television broadcasters, appearing frequently during the referendum on the Eighth Amendment in May 2018. She was the winner of a Justice Media Award 2017 for providing historical context around the first tribunal to be established in Ireland in a decade. She is a regular contributor to news and current affairs shows across radio and TV, and has also hosted a number of programmes.

AOIFE BARRY Aoife is assistant news editor at TheJournal.ie and has been a journalist for over a decade. She is a regular contributor to Irish national radio stations RTÉ and Today FM. During Ireland’s abortion referendum she carried out a number of factchecks into statements made by the main campaign groups, helping to inform voters before they took to the polls. In 2016, she won a Justice Media Awards certificate of merit for a report on issues faced by unmarried couples. She has a particular interest in getting to the real facts behind claims made online, especially claims made on social media. Aoife has a BA in English and History and an MA in Women’s Studies from University College Cork.

DARAGH BROPHY Daragh is news editor at TheJournal.ie and has played a key role in planning and editing the publication’s FactChecks in recent years, including during the contentious 2018 abortion referendum campaign and in the lead up to the 2016 Irish general election. Daragh has been a journalist at TheJournal.ie since 2013, and has a particular interest in covering long-running issues like the response to the planned water charging regime in 2014/2015 and the ongoing housing and homelessness crisis. He previously worked as a reporter and newsreader for UTV Radio News and Independent Network News, and as a facilitator on FETAC further education courses. 

ADAM DALY: Adam is a freelance reporter at TheJournal.ie. He holds a BA in Journalism from Dublin City University and is currently a MA International Peace Studies student at Trinity College Dublin. Adam covers a wide range of issues in news and current affairs, with a particular interest in social affairs. Before joining TheJournal.ie he had previously worked for Dublin People.

RÓNÁN DUFFY: Rónán is a staff reporter with TheJournal.ie and has been a journalist for almost a decade, working across print, web, radio and television. His wide-ranging factchecking experience extends to research in the areas of law, health, society, infrastructure, climate and policy. This has included factchecks on senior politicians during Irish elections and on claims made during the 2018 Eighth Amendment referendum. Rónán’s areas of interests include reporting in the political arena as well as covering criminal and commercial court proceedings. Prior to his current role, Rónán was a business journalist with Business & Finance magazine, a reporter with Xinhua News Agency and a reporter with Independent Network News. He holds a BA Journalism from Dublin City University.

CHRISTINA FINN Christina is the political reporter at TheJournal.ie. Before joining TheJournal.ie team in 2012, she worked in a number local and national newspapers. She holds a BA in English and Art History, an MA in International Journalism and an MA in Arts Management and Cultural Policy. She received a Justice Media Award for her court reporting from the Irish Family Court, and has also received funding from the Mary Raftery Fund for investigative work into mental health issues in Ireland. Over the course of her career, Christina has worked in wide-range of areas, such as working on the news desk, looking after the opinion section of the website, as well as doing court reporting before moving to politics. Based out of Leinster House, Ireland’s national parliament, Christina covers the day-to-day politics for TheJournal.ie, and often highlights claims made by politicians, lobbyists and other public figures that she feels should be factchecked.  She is a frequent contributor to national radio and television shows.

HAYLEY HALPIN Hayley is a staff writer with TheJournal.ie. Her areas of interest include housing, homelessness and social affairs. She holds a BA in Journalism from Dublin City University, and has previously worked as a reporter for Dublin People and a freelancer for independent.ie.

MICHELLE HENNESSY Michelle is senior reporter at TheJournal.ie. Before joining TheJournal.ie team in 2013 as a staff reporter, she worked for the Dublin bureaus of France 24 and the Xinhua news agency. In 2017 the Law Society of Ireland awarded Michelle a certificate of merit for her comprehensive factcheck on whether it was illegal for members of the Irish police force to go on strike. She also contributed a number of factchecking articles during the recent referendum in Ireland on abortion. Michelle’s journalistic interests are wide-ranging, but she focuses in particular on the criminal justice system, housing issues, health scandals and Irish politics.

GARRETH MACNAMEE  Garreth has been a reporter with TheJournal.ie since 2016. His interests include crime, justice and social affairs. Prior to joining the team, he was the crime reporter for the Irish Mirror – a newspaper he worked for since 2012 – and was nominated for Crime Story of the Year in 2016. Garreth has broken a number of major news stories, including a series on a previously unexplored Lithuanian crime gang responsible for an acid attack on a serving garda. He also broke the story about the Church of Scientology expanding in Ireland and investigated how a woman’s rape claims against her father were shelved by gardaí for 11 years.

STEPHEN MCDERMOTT Stephen is a staff reporter with TheJournal.ie. He covers a wide range of issues in news and current affairs. He holds an MA in Journalism from Dublin City University, and has previously worked for the Irish Mirror and Newstalk. 

SEAN MURRAY Sean joined TheJournal.ie in 2016. He holds a BA in English and an MA in Irish Culture from Maynooth University. His areas of interest include social, legal and current affairs and public policy. Factchecking the claims made by politicians, lobbyists and other public figures is an essential part to what TheJournal.ie does, and Sean has contributed with factchecks on a number of topics in his time here. 

GRÁINNE NÍ AODHA Gráinne is a news reporter for TheJournal.ie. In 2018 she won a Justice Media Award for Newcomer of the Year where her reporting was described as “highly detailed, concise and with a strong sense of balance”.  In the past two years, she’s written factchecks on political claims and Brexit. She holds a BA in Irish and Journalism from Dublin City University, and has previously worked as a freelancer for the Irish Times and the Irish-language broadcaster Raidió na Gaeltachta.

ÓRLA RYAN Órla is a staff writer with TheJournal.ie. She is interested in current affairs, health and social justice issues. Órla is a 2018 recipient of the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund, for which she wrote a series of in-depth articles about radicalisation, Islamophobia and integration. She also received a merit award at the Justice Media Awards in 2017. Órla was one of the lead reporters who covered the Eighth Amendment referendum and produced a number of comprehensive articles on the topic. She has a Journalism MA from NUI Galway and Communications BA from Dublin City University. She previously interned with the Irish Times, the Guardian and the New York Observer.  

NICKY RYAN Nicky is a video journalist and reporter with TheJournal.ie. He has an interest in factchecking a wide-range of topics in news and current affairs, as well as exploring ways to visualise the results.

CÓNAL THOMAS Cónal is a reporter with TheJournal.ie. He learned the importance of fact-checking as City Reporter for Dublin Inquirer, a self-starting role involving dedicated coverage of city and local affairs, from 2015 to 2018. He has a keen interest in local authority policy, public infrastructure and transport. 

DOMINIC McGRATH Dominic became a factchecker for TheJournal.ie in May 2019, having previously contributed some freelance news reports to the site. He attended inhouse and external training workshops to become one of our most skilled factcheckers. Originally from Co Tyrone, Dominic has studied constitutional law, comparative politics and international relations and is a keen reporter of all matters related to Brexit and the Irish-UK relationship.

TheJournal.ie’s FactCheck is a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. You can read it here. For information on how FactCheck works, what the verdicts mean, and how you can take part, check out our Reader’s Guide here.

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