John McGuirk

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John McGuirk
Born (1984-03-02) 2 March 1984 (age 36)
Monaghan, Ireland
EducationSt. Macartan's College
Alma materTrinity College Dublin
Political partyNew Vision (2011)

John McGuirk (born 2 March 1984) is an Irish writer and political commentator. He is the editor of the conservative news, opinion, and commentary website Gript and a regular contributor to The Irish Catholic.[1][2]


McGuirk was elected, unopposed, as Eastern Area Officer of the Union of Students in Ireland in 2006.[3] The following year, he unsuccessfully sought the position of president of the USI.[3]

He was communications director for the Libertas Institute during its 2008 campaign against the twenty-eighth amendment of the constitution of Ireland.[4] Turnout was 53.1% and the amendment was rejected by a 53.4% majority.[5] McGuirk's involvement with Libertas continued through 2009,[6] when the amendment was revised and approved by a 67.1% majority nationally with 59% turnout.[7]

In the 2011 Irish general election, McGuirk ran as the New Vision candidate for Cavan–Monaghan. He received 2.4% of first preferences and was eliminated on the second count.[8]

He was spokesman for Save the 8th,[9][10] which campaigned against the thirty-sixth amendment of the constitution of Ireland. During the campaign, McGuirk stated "If Dublin Central is 75% yes on the day (3-1), I will never take a political job again".[11] Turnout was 64.1% and the amendment was approved by a 66.4% majority nationally, with 76.5% approving in Dublin Central.[12]

He has appeared as a guest in Irish broadcast media, including The Last Word,[13] Tonight with Vincent Browne,[14] The Tonight Show[citation needed] and The Right Hook.[citation needed] McGuirk spoke at the 2017 Kennedy Summer School.[15] He has also contributed to some international publications such as The Critic in the UK.[16]


  1. ^ "Pro-life groups fund new website in response to 'liberal bias' in mainstream media". Business Post. 18 August 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Author - John McGuirk". The Irish Catholic. 11 January 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b "The Young Bloods - John McGuirk". The Phoenix. Dublin. 20 April 2007.
  4. ^ "Libertas executive director is Rivada employee". The Irish Times. 24 May 2008. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Ireland rejects Lisbon Treaty". RTÉ. 13 June 2008. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Libertas and Lisbon groups in sharp exchanges as treaty debate intensifies". The Irish Times. 26 September 2009. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Ireland votes Yes to Lisbon Treaty". RTÉ. 3 October 2008. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  8. ^ "31st Dáil - Cavan-Monaghan First Preference Votes". ElectionsIreland. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  9. ^ "No campaign defends booklet resembling official publication". The Irish Times. 15 May 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  10. ^ "A livid John McGuirk has all the nuance of a grenade attack". The Irish Times. 12 May 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Calls for John McGuirk to honour pledge and retire from political campaigns". 26 May 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  12. ^ "It's a big Yes: Stunning victory officially confirmed as 66.4pc vote to reform Ireland's restrictive abortion laws". The Irish Independent. 26 May 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Google Bans All Advertising On 8th Amendment Referendum". Today FM. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  14. ^ "What Is It You Would Have Us Do?". 12 July 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  15. ^ 2017 Speakers - John McGuirk Kennedy Summer School 2017.
  16. ^ John McGuirk Authors, The Critic.