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Johnny Fallon is from Longford and grew up in a family obsessed with Irish politics. He spent his formative years learning the political trade from Albert Reynolds and grew up fascinated by the personalities and processes that make up the Irish electoral system. In 2006 he published the very successful biographical account of life in politics for the ordinary supporter “Party Time: Growing up in politics”. In it he described the many events in his life that were shaped by following particular politicians, and the witty descriptions of what makes political supporters in Ireland tick have made the book recommended reading even in Academic Institutions such as Maynooth University.
Having studied at St. Mel’s College and Dundalk IT, Johnny worked in a numbers of roles in the banking and accounting sectors. In 2001 he decided to turn his knowledge of the political game to his own advantage and began work as a Government Affairs consultant with A&L Goodbody. In 2006 he was part of the team that set up EPS Consulting. Through this work he has gained an incisive understanding of government and the issues facing politicians. He has been close to many of the leading figures in Irish politics over the last 20 years. At 35 years of age he is a fresh new voice in the political sphere. He currently writes on politics for The Irish Independent Online.
In 2009 he published a major book on former Taoiseach Brian Cowen, entitled ‘Brian Cowen: In his own words’. This tracked the political career of the Taoiseach and in particular tracked the debate that followed him with each ministerial appointment, analysing the public mood and demands of the Celtic Tiger years and how the government reacted to this.
In 2011 he published his latest book ‘Dynasties: Irish political families’ with New Island books. This is a timely exploration of some of the most important and influntential figures in Irish politics. It provides the comprehensive story of what it takes to stay at the top in Irish politics for generations and examines the relationship between the electore and the people that represent them.
He is a member of the Political Studies Association of Ireland and has recently contributed to a book entitled ‘The Europeanization of Party Politics in Ireland, North and South’ and also to a pan European book looking at the effects of europeanisation of politics in different countries, this book was published in France and entitled ‘’L’Europeanisation de la competition politique nationale’
Johnny is the regular political analyst for ‘Good Morning Dublin’ with Angela Douglas on Dublin City FM and a regular contributor to Newstalk’s ‘The Right Hook’. Johnny has strong experience of TV and radio and contributes to programmes on RTE such as ‘The week in politics’ ‘Prime Time’ and several top radio shows. He has featured in a number of documentaries also, most recently TV3s ‘Rise and Fall of Fianna Fail’
Johnny is married to Annette and has two children, Maria (5) and Michael (3) both think Daddy talks a lot of ‘boring stuff’.