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News editor steps up to top job at Irish weekly

A London-based weekly newspaper aimed at the UK’s Irish community has appointed a new editor.

Siobhan Breatnach, left, steps up from the role of news editor to take charge of The Irish Post after five and a half years with the paper.

The role became vacant in the summer with the sudden departure of former Cambridge News editor Murray Morse after six months in the chair.

During his brief editorship, Murray courted controversy by launching a public attack on the Irish President, Michael Higgins, for refusing to speak to the paper, although the row was later resolved.

Originally from Tramore in Co. Waterford, Siobhan has also worked as Irish Editor for the Daily Star Sunday in London.

She began her career as a news reporter and entertainment editor at the Sligo Weekender in the West of Ireland.

Said Siobhán: “I’m delighted to be appointed as Editor. The Irish Post has always been at the heart of the Irish in Britain and I look forward to continuing that proud tradition, supporting our more established communities and building links with the new wave of arrivals from Ireland.”

The paper, now owned by Loot proprietor Elgin Loane, has also announced the appointment of Fiona Audley as regional editor, charged with extending the paper’s geographical coverage.

The newsroom reshuffle also sees Niall O’Sullivan joining the paper as a trainee reporter after impressing senior staff during a period of work experience.

Future changes will see the appointment of a digital media/entertainment editor, who will be tasked with revamping the paper’s website.

Niamh Kelly, chief executive of The Irish Post said: “I am delighted to make these new appointments. We have just celebrated one year back on the newsstands and have now put together a tremendous editorial team which will take us into what we see as a vibrant, successful future.

“We believe Siobhán with her skills, determination and passion for the newspaper will be a great editor of The Irish Post. In addition, Fiona will contribute enormously to the paper’s future. Together they will be a great team.

“We are also very pleased to welcome Niall on board. We all believe he has an exceptional future ahead of him.”

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