Paul O’Neill resigns after five years as editor of The Irish Times

Paul O’Neill resigns after five years as editor of The Irish Times.

The 57-year-old, who took the top job in 2017 after eight years of service as deputy editor under Geraldine Kennedy and now environment editor Kevin O’Sullivan, told the Irish Times board of his intention to step down by the end of the year.

He is also stepping down as Director of The Irish Times DAC.

The Company is beginning a recruitment process for a new editor and Mr. O’Neill will continue in that role on an interim basis pending the appointment of his successor.

Mr O’Neill’s career at the newspaper began in 1989 when he was hired as a correspondent in London and progressed through various roles including crime correspondent, assistant news editor and financial editor.

Before joining the Irish Times, the Waterford native worked for the Cork Examiner and Waterford News & Star.

“I started my career in a traditional newspaper company that has been transformed into a modern digital publisher that now occupies a leading position in Ireland’s digital subscription market,” he said in a statement released by the Irish Times’ human resources department.

“Change of this magnitude has brought good days and bad days. It’s a work in progress and probably always will be.”

Chairman Dan Flinter commended Mr O’Neill for “an exceptional contribution to the Irish Times Group over the past 40 years and particularly as editor over the past five and a half years”.

The Irish Times Group reported an operating profit of €7.2m in 2020, the most recent year for which accounts were filed.

The performance was an improvement on the 2019 operating result of €1.3 million, despite the company receiving €3 million in Covid-19 wage subsidies, according to the balance sheet. Paul O’Neill resigns after five years as editor of The Irish Times

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