Deaglán de Bréadún was born in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. The family moved to Dublin where he went to school at CBS Synge Street. He studied for a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in Anglo-Irish Studies at University College Dublin. After spending some time in the USA, he got a job as a journalist in Dublin with The Irish Times. He was the paper’s Northern Editor during the negotiations for the Good Friday Agreement and his coverage won the BT/IPR award for daily news journalist of the year. Other positions held on The Irish Times included Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Political Correspondent and Temporary Moscow Correspondent. He won an Oireachtas na Gaeilge journalism award for his work as the paper’s Irish Language Editor.
He left The Irish Times in 2012 and spent a year after that as Local Radio Correspondent for the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission at Leinster House, before taking up an appointment as Political Editor of The Irish Sun. He is also a member of the Press Council of Ireland. Cois Life published an autobiographical account of his professional life Cinnlínte: saol an iriseora in 2016.
Updated June 2017
Sceallóga (Comhar, 1990)
Cinnlínte: saol an iriseora (Cois Life, 2016)
Scéalta nuachta (LeabhairCOMHAR, 2016)
Power play: the rise of modern Sinn Féin (Merrion Press, 2015)
The far side of revenge: making peace in Northern Ireland (Collins Press, 2001)