Sky News is opening a bureau in Dublin to strengthen its presence in Ireland. Darren McCaffrey, currently UK Political Correspondent at Sky News, will become Dublin Correspondent and will be permanently based in the capital alongside a dedicated crew to cover Irish breaking news stories as they unfold.
Originally from Fermanagh, Darren has been with Sky News for eight years and has covered politics for the past seven, including a stint in Brussels post the Brexit result.
As a newly appointed Irish Government settles in Leinster House and Brexit negotiations begin in full force, Darren will examine Ireland’s place within the EU and its future trade negotiations with the UK. Sky News’ long-standing Ireland Correspondent, David Blevins will work alongside Darren by continuing to cover news across the country.
John Ryley, Head of News at Sky, commented: “With a post Brexit world upon us there has never been a better time to expand our presence in Ireland. Darren is a great talent and he will work alongside David Blevins to ensure we have comprehensive coverage across the entire country, bringing the latest news and analysis to our viewers both north and south, in the UK and around the world.”
Looking forward to his new role, Darren McCaffrey, Sky News Dublin Correspondent, said: “Brexit is not just an issue for Britain but presents threats and opportunities here in Ireland too. It will be a fascinating time to return home to cover decisions to be made in Dublin, decisions which will shape these two islands and indeed Europe for years to come. And having grown up on the border, it gives me the opportunity to reflect the concern and complicated issues affecting people there and across Ireland.”