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John Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country's flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post and Prime Time. He is now part-owner of Communicate Ireland.

Wired with Whelan: The canonisation of Vincent Browne in the era of ‘experts’

Starry Starry night Paint your palette blue and grey Look out on a summer's day With eyes that know the Darkness in my soul. Shadows on the hills Sketch the trees...

Wired with Whelan: Time to name and shame TDs who condone drink-driving

It was acceptable in the 80s It was acceptable at the time It was acceptable in the 80s It was acceptable at the time (Calvin Harris) I don’t particularly...

Wired with Whelan: The Ballinspittle housing crisis comes to Ballymagash

Some of them were dreamers And some of them were fools Who were making plans and thinking of the future With the energy of the innocent They were...

Wired with Whelan: Rust never sleeps … and neither does greed

The king is gone But he’s not forgotten This is the story Of a Johnny Rotten It’s better to burn out Than it is to rust The king is gone But...

Wired with Whelan: ‘Baptism barrier’ is an urban myth conjured up by church bashers

If I’m a pagan of the good times My lover’s the sunlight To keep the goddess on my side She demands a sacrifice Drain the whole sea Get something...

Wired with Whelan: Leo is more my type, but Simon is not simple

Come gather ‘round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone Is your time...

Wired with Whelan: Forget about the IDA … they have gone away you know

I got a job working construction For the Johnstown Company But lately there ain’t been much work On account of the economy (The River, Bruce Springsteen) On June 26,...

Wired with Whelan: Laois Surfers still making waves 15 years on

If everybody had an ocean Across the USA Then everybody’d be surfin’ Like California-a You’d see ‘em wearing their baggies Huarachi sandals too A bushy bushy blonde hairdo Surfin’ USA (The Beach...
John Whelan believes we need a new Charlie Haughey to save the bogs in Laois

Wired with Whelan: Bord na Móna can sod off if they have nothing better...

Ho ro the rattlin’ bog The bog down in the valley-o And in that bog There was a… We are Bogmen! That includes you too girls, just...

Wired with Whelan: There is no Hollywood ending in sight for Portlaoise Hospital

Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true? Or is it something worse. (The River, Bruce Springsteen) We mightn’t like what she is saying but...

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