Speakers Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald is an award-winning Irish journalist, author and broadcaster. 




A global Eisenhower Fellow, the former Group Business Editor of Independent News and Media, has won a series of awards for her contribution to public affairs journalism including the 2021 Smurfit Business Journalism Outstanding Achievement Award, the Mary Cummins Award for Women of Outstanding Achievement in Media, as well as an inaugural Dublin City University Special Alumni Achievement Award.

President of the strategy committee of the Centre Cultuerel Irlandais in Paris, the Newry born writer served a seven year term as a member of the Board of Fighting Words, Ireland's national creative writing centre for children and young adults.

The author of Bust: How the Courts Exposed the Rotten Heart of the Irish Economy (Penguin), Dearbhail has also served on the Board of the St Stephen's Green Trust and the External Advisory Board of Maynooth University Department of Law.

Dearbhail holds an LL.B (Law) from Trinity College Dublin as well as a Masters Degree in Journalism from Dublin City University.