6 key Irish health writers

National Workplace Wellbeing Day, which aims to improve employee health through promoting better wellbeing in the workplace, is this Friday April 12. Public and private sector organisations across the country are expected to participate in the day, which aims to improve employee health through promoting better physical activity and nutrition in the workplace. 

In celebration of the day, here at MediaHQ we’ve put together a list of six Irish health writers you really need to be following.

Dr Ciara Kelly—Broadcaster & Columnist with Newstalk and The Sunday Independent

Ciara Kelly qualified as a Doctor in 1997 from UCD and is one of the leading Irish broadcasters on health issues. She has written the popular weekly column ‘Doctors Orders’ in The Sunday Independent since 2008 and her debut article won a Medical Journalism Award.

Ciara is also a regular contributor to a number of TV shows including Ireland AM on Virgin Media and Claire Byrne Live on RTÉ. Furthermore, she was the Medical Expert for five seasons on RTÉ’s Operation Transformation, with the show even winning an IFTA in 2014. On top of all this, Ciara presents Lunchtime Live on Newstalk, a programme that takes a look behind the day’s headlines and talking points, from current affairs and politics, to lifestyle, health and human interest.

Martin Wall—Industry Correspondent for The Irish Times

Martin Wall writes on industrial relations affairs for The Irish Times with a particular emphasis on public service reform. Martin makes this list on account of his extensive coverage of developments in the health service over the last 25 years. Martin was named Journalist of the Year award at the 2014 GSK Irish Health Care Media Awards. He was presented with the award for breaking one of the biggest health stories of the year – how senior managers in voluntary hospitals and agencies were being paid additional benefits, in breach of the public pay policy.

Dr. Nina Byrnes—Medical Columnist with The Irish Independent

Dr Nina Byrnes writes a weekly column ‘Ask My GP’ for the Health and Wellbeing supplement in Monday’s Irish Independent and is also a presenter of ‘Doctor in the House’ on Virgin Media One. Nina’s particular passion is preventive health, wellness and lifestyle medicine. She has been a respected medical expert in the media since 2010 and is a published author.

Fergal Bowers—Health Correspondent with RTÉ News

Fergal Bowers is the Health Correspondent for RTÉ news. He has spent over 25 years covering health in Ireland, previously holding positions with the Irish Medical Independent and health website irishhealth.com. In 2010, Fergal was named GSK Irish Health Journalist of the Year for exposing the Tallaght Hospital X-ray scandal. Fergal’s reporting revealed that over 57,000 X-rays had not been reviewed by any consultant radiologists.

Priscilla Lynch—Clinical Editor at The Medical Independent

Priscilla Lynch is the Clinical Editor at The Medical Independent and also works freelance for a number of media outlets including The Irish Times and Irish Examiner. Priscilla specialises in writing about health and life sciences with a particular interest in the HSE, healthcare legislation and policy making. She was named professional Medical Journalist of the year for two years running at the GSK Irish Medical Media Awards (2011-2012) and was also the winner of the 2011 EU Health Prize for journalists.

Susan Mitchell –– Deputy Editor of The Sunday Business Post

Susan Mitchell is the Deputy Editor and Health Editor of The Sunday Business Post. Susan has carved out an exceptional reputation as an astute and insightful commentator on current affairs and Ireland’s healthcare system. Susan’s reporting has even led to a number of national policy changes. She has also won numerous awards for her coverage of the Irish healthcare system and was the recipient of the award for news analysis at the Newsbrands Ireland Journalism Awards 2018. Susan holds a BA from UCD and a postgraduate diploma in business studies from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

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