An award-winning journalist, John Walshe was appointed special adviser to Ruairí Quinn who was Minister for Education and Skills from March 2011 - July 2014.  Prior to that, John was involved in educational journalism for four decades, mostly with the Irish Independent. He was also education correspondent for The Irish Times for more than two years in the early 1990s.

He was a consultant with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where he edited or contributed to four studies on education.

John is the author of A New Partnership in Education (1998), which chronicled many of the major changes in Irish education in the 1980s and 90s and also wrote An Education (2014), which recounted his experience as a Ministerial adviser. A Galwegian, he is currently a consultant and commentator on educational issues.

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