The National Union of Journalists is the union for journalists in Ireland.
The union, through the Irish Executive Council (IEC), leads the way in:
- defending and promoting the professional and financial interests and welfare of our members,
- promoting the principles and practice of journalism and
- defending and promoting freedom of the media.
We represent more than 3,500 members in the Republic and 800 in Northern Ireland.
Our membership is drawn from all media sectors. They include journalists, photographers and creative artists working in newspapers, broadcasting, magazines, books, public relations and information and online/interactive media.
Our union is based on branches and chapels. In the major national and regional media organisations, we have organised chapels. However, even if there is no chapel in your workplace, or if you are a freelance, the NUJ is here for you.
We place a strong emphasis on our members' involvement in their union and encourage participation at chapel and branch level. The Irish executive council is an all-Ireland body with sectoral and geographical representation.
NUJ Dublin office
The team is based in Spencer House, Spencer Row, Store Street, Dublin, and headed by Séamus Dooley, Irish secretary, who also acts as assistant secretary (Ireland). Nicola Coleman is Irish organiser and Ian McGuinness is assistant organiser.
Séamus Dooley has overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of union activities, organisation and financial affairs. He is the official spokesperson for the NUJ in Ireland, North and South. He has primary industrial responsibility for the national print and broadcasting sector and his national responsibilities include governmental policies and media freedom. He is a member of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) Executive Council and of the Press Council of Ireland's finance and administrative committee.
Nicola Coleman has primary responsibility for the regional newspaper and the independent radio sectors and also assists all union members in Northern Ireland.
Ian McGuinness has special responsibility for recruitment and organisation and helps the Irish secretary and Irish organiser across all of the union's sectors.
The three officials share responsibility for freelance matters and are supported by the Irish administrative team of Evelyn Hannigan, Irish Office administrator, and Helen Taylor.
The Irish office covers Northern Ireland and represents all members in the national and regional media. However, members employed by BBC Northern Ireland come under the jurisdiction of the Broadcasting Office at NUJ Head Office in London.
Membership administration, such as applications and subscriptions in Northern Ireland, is normally handled by the membership department in London.