Growing number of journalists jump ship to take FG adviser jobs

Exodus of journalists to political roles raises concerns of brain drain from media industry

3rd February, 2019
Paul Melia is leaving the Irish Independent to advise housing minister Eoghan Murphy

More than half a dozen journalists have been hired as special advisers by Fine Gael ministers since Leo Varadkar became Taoiseach just over 18 months ago.

The latest recruit was announced last week, with Irish Independent environment editor Paul Melia leaving his role to become policy adviser to Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy.

Melia is the latest journalist to leave the profession and join the government adviser ranks.

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