Stephen Collins (journalist)

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Stephen Collins, an Irish journalist and author, is a Political Correspondent with The Irish Times. He was previously political editor at the Irish newspapers The Irish Press, The Sunday Press, the Sunday Tribune, and most recently The Irish Times.[1] which he joined in January 2006, under the editorship of the former Progressive Democrats T.D., Geraldine Kennedy.[2] He studied for a B.A. in History and Politics and an M.A. in politics at University College Dublin.[1]

In 1983–84 Collins sat on the New Ireland Forum, a body designed to establish common ground amongst Irish nationalist political parties.[3] His later criticisms of Charles Haughey—who also sat on the Forum—were, it has been said, primarily moulded by the complacency with which he had seen Jack Lynch's handling of the Arms Crisis of 1970.[4] Collins has published books on the Cosgrave political dynasty and, more recently, on the foundation of the Progressive Democrats political party, called Breaking the Mould.[1] His father Willie Collins (1916-2006) was a journalist with the Irish Press and was deputy editor of The Sunday Press,[5] and Stephen is the older brother of Sunday Independent News Editor Liam Collins.


  1. ^ a b c Eugenio Biagini; Daniel Mulhall (1 February 2016). The Shaping of Modern Ireland: A Centenary Assessment. Irish Academic Press. pp. 7–. ISBN 978-1-911024-03-3.
  2. ^ S. Phelan (20 November 2014). Neoliberalism, Media and the Political. Palgrave Macmillan UK. pp. 154–. ISBN 978-1-137-30836-8.
  3. ^ Kelly, Stephen (18 October 2016). 'A Failed Political Entity': Charles Haughey and the Northern Ireland Question, 1945–1992. Merrion Press. pp. 345–. ISBN 978-1-78537-102-8.
  4. ^ Mark O'Brien (15 January 2017). The Fourth Estate: Journalism in Twentieth-Century Ireland. Manchester University Press. pp. 187–. ISBN 978-1-5261-0842-5.
  5. ^ Tributes follow death of former press man Adam Cullen, Irish Independent. 15 January 2016.