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The new editors of the Irish Independent and the Sunday Independent have been named

One was expected, the other less so.

Image: Photocall Ireland

INM HAS ANNOUNCED the two new editors of its anchor newspapers.

Cormac Bourke, the executive editor at the Irish Independent, is to become the new editor of the Sunday Independent, which is the best-selling newspaper in Ireland.

Meanwhile, Fionnan Sheahan, the political editor at INM, has been appointed as editor of the Irish Independent.

While the appointment of Sheahan had been widely predicted, Bourke’s appointment was more unexpected. Other names which had been in the mix included Sunday Independent deputy editor Brendan O’Connor and Sebastian Hamilton of the Irish Daily Mail.

Both editors will work under INM editor-in-chief Stephen Rae. The operations across all INM newspapers have become more and more integrated over the past two years with journalists working across the entire group of newspapers.

Rae said that the two appointments would “bring a fresh perspective to the titles and the deliver of content to our audiences”.

Cormac-Bourke-bio Cormac Bourke (l) and Fionnan Sheahan (r) Source: INM

Both will take up their roles immediately.

Bourke will replace outgoing Sunday Independent editor Anne Harris, who had spent two years at the helm of the newspaper having previously worked as deputy editor for two decades. She took over the role as editor from her late husband Aengus Fanning following his death.

It was announced in November of last year that her contract at the newspaper was not being extended.

Sheahan replaces Claire Grady, who unexpectedly stepped down from the role as editor of the Irish Independent in August after one year in the role. Grady has never publicly commented on her reasons for resigning.




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