Winning for you at work

Forgotten Password?
  1. Home
  2. Where
  3. Ireland


NUJ Ireland

The National Union of Journalists is the union for journalists in Ireland.

Latest NUJ news from Ireland

Latest NUJ news from Northern 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.

NUJ at Dublin jobs not debt demonstration 9 Feb 2013
NUJ at Dublin jobs not debt demonstration 9 Feb 2013 ©Private

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 led by the cathaoirleach (chair) and is an all-Ireland body with sectoral and geographical representation. The current cathaoirleach is Gerry Carson, Belfast & District branch.

The general secretary, deputy general secretary, Irish secretary and Irish organiser, along with the NEC members for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, are also non-voting members of the IEC.

Find out who represents you on the Irish executive council (members only).

What is an ethical workplace?

What Does an Ethical Workplace Mean to You? from Irish Congress of Trade Unions on Vimeo.


Join the NUJ

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). Ian McGuinness is Irish 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.

Ian McGuinness has responsibility for Northern Ireland as well as all regional media in the print and broadcasting sectors.

The two 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.

Dublin office opening hours

The opening hours in Dublin are 9.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Contact the Dublin office.


The NUJ in Ireland is a member of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), which represents workers on the whole island of Ireland.

ICTU videos on Youtube | @irishcongress on Twitter | ICTU on Facebook

ICTU Northern Ireland Committee

ICTU Campaigns:

Get up stand up campaign: There is a Better Way. This campaign aims to bring about change in how
Government responds to the crisis we face. So far we have seem little evidence of any fresh thinking, no evidence that fairness and justice are at the heart of that response.

Workway: A Congress/IBEC/FAS initiative to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Global solidarity: Collaborative global development project with Trócaire.

Union Connect: All workers in Ireland are entitled to join a union; this site helps find the right union for you to join.

Other links:

The People's College, Adult Education Association: a voluntary body set up 1948, to provide workers' education, it continues to provide general adult education – languages, social political studies, literature, art appreciation and cultural activities as well as personal development and communication skills – for trade unionists, their families and the general public.

The Nevin Economic Research Institute (Neri): Research organisation that aims, through the provision of research and analysis, to contribute towards the construction of alternative perspectives and possibilities that will lead to the creation of an economy that works for society.