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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 an all-Ireland body with sectoral and geographical representation.

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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.

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.

Dublin office opening hours

From Friday 27 March until Friday 10 April the opening hours in Dublin will be 9.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday.

From Monday 13 April to Friday 8 May, the opening hours in Dublin will be 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5.30pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. During this time the office will be closed on Wednesdays.

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.

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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.