John Waters, best known as a newspaper columnist and author, famously dedicated his writing to raising unpopular issues, like fathers’ rights. Having started his career in 1981 with the Irish magazine Hot Press, he later wrote in The Irish Times from 1990 to 2014, when the ‘Pantigate’ upheaval led to his resignation. His first book, Jiving at the Crossroads (1991), about the cultural underbelly of Irish politics, became a massive best-seller. He went on to publish 9 other books that include An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Modern Ireland (Duckworth, 1997) and Was it for this? Why Ireland lost the plot (Transworld Ireland, 2012).

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