Shane Kenny

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Shane Kenny
Born Dublin, Ireland
Education Trinity College, Dublin
Occupation Journalist, radio presenter, Government Press Secretary
Notable credit(s) Morning Ireland
RTÉ News at One
This Week

Shane Kenny is an Irish journalist and former government press officer who has broadcast for RTÉ, the BBC and the US ABC network. He has worked as a journalist for 30 years. From 1994 to 1997, he served as Ireland's Government Press Secretary. During his career at RTÉ, he created and launched RTÉ's most successful radio news programme, Morning Ireland.

On radio he anchored the News at One and This Week for many years. He also worked as an investigative reporter and presenter for the acclaimed Seven Days programme on RTÉ television.

As RTÉ Business Editor, he developed the business news internet portal, RTÉ and expanded RTÉ's coverage of business affairs to include extended radio bulletins, the Moneymakers series of interviews with successful businessmen, and the televised broadcast of the Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

He has travelled widely on international news stories, including the Middle East crisis, the early years of Pope John Paul II in Italy, Poland, Ireland and the United States, Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwe, the Berlin Wall, as well as elections in France, Germany and other European countries.

As Government Press Secretary he was Spokesman for the European Union during Ireland's Presidency in 1996.

He has a BA from Trinity College, Dublin in English, History and Economics and did postgraduate studies in journalism in Newcastle upon Tyne. He is the author of two books on Irish politics, Irish Politics Now (Brandon) and Go Dance on Somebody Else's Grave (Kildanore Press).


  • Irish Politics Now (Brandon Books, 1987) ISBN 0-86322-095-9 / 9780863220951
  • Go Dance on Somebody Else's Grave-The Inside Story of the Haughey Coalition (Kildanore Press, 1990) ISBN 1-872455-04-2 / 9781872455044


Kenny won the National Media Award for Supreme Contribution to Irish Journalism in 1989.