Irish Times parliamentary correspondent Michael O’Regan retires

Journalist was stalwart of the newspaper’s political coverage for more than 30 years

Irish Times editor Paul O’Neill presents former   parliamentary correspondent Michael O’Regan   with a special front page      to mark his recent retirement  from the newspaper after almost 40 years

Irish Times editor Paul O’Neill presents former parliamentary correspondent Michael O’Regan with a special front page to mark his recent retirement from the newspaper after almost 40 years

 

Former Irish Times parliamentary correspondent Michael O’Regan was presented with a special front page by editor Paul O’Neill on Tuesday to mark his recent retirement from the newspaper after almost 40 years.

A familiar voice on radio, O’Regan qualified from the first national course in journalism in the College of Commerce in Rathmines in 1972 and worked with The Kerryman and The Corkman before joining The Irish Times in 1981. He became a Dáil reporter in 1988 and was a stalwart of the newspaper’s political coverage for more than 30 years.

‘Consumed politics’

Former editor Geraldine Kennedy said his great contribution to journalism, most especially Irish Times journalism, was that he retained his sense of “country” and never lost his values.

“Michael’s journalistic asset was that he loved and consumed politics. He liked politicians. Unlike many of the younger generation in today’s digital world, he liked mixing with them . . . There was never a complaint made that Michael was biased. He was always seen as fair.”

In September, O’Regan wrote about his experience of dealing with two diagnoses of cancer, but also about the birth of his first grand-daughter.

“Michael has had a tough time over the last few years though I’m glad to say he has bounced back with determined resolve,” O’Neill said.

In retirement, O’Regan continues to appear regularly on Radio Kerry.