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Colm Keena

Colm Keena, Ireland, is the public affairs correspondent with The Irish Times.

Keena worked as a reporter with the Irish Press group before moving to The Irish Times in the late 1990s. He has worked on a range of areas associated with business and politics, including long-running tribunals into payments to politicians and Ireland’s awarding of its first ever mobile phone licence to a private operator, as well as controversies concerning company and personal tax avoidance and evasion, and business scandals generally. His story about payments to an incumbent Irish Taoiseach, or Prime Minister, in 2006, caused a political crisis and led to landmark Supreme Court judgment in 2009 recognising the right of journalists to protect their sources.

He is the author of books about the Irish politicians Gerry Adams, Charles Haughey and Bertie Ahern, and of a novel, Bishop’s Move, published in 2013. He lives in Dublin.


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