Malachi O'Doherty

Writer, journalist and broadcaster with a devout allegiance to inquiry

Journalist and political commentator Malachi O'Doherty was born in 1951 in West Belfast.

Born in the same generation as the men who were to be the leaders of Sinn Fein and the IRA, O'Doherty critiques the modern Irish Republicanism which dominated the Troubles in his book The Trouble with Guns (1998). The book combines a personal re-telling of the troubles with a study of the IRA’s political and military strategies evolved.

O'Doherty was prompted to examine his relationship with Religion when, working as a journalist in Belfast, he found himself in the porch of the church at Harryville, recording picketers yelling to drown out the hymns of the congregation inside.

I Was a Teenage Catholic (2003) is a three-part memoir, looking back at the religious indoctrination of his youth, then his journey to India where he sought an enlightened alternative but found the same devotion to blind obedience. In the third phase, the adult asks how much his religious upbringing has shaped the man he has become.

O'Doherty has written articles on Northern Ireland’s political situation for The Belfast Telegraph, The Irish News and The Observer. He is Managing Editor of the arts, culture and political magazine Fortnight.

He is also a regular pundit on BBC 2’s Hearts and Minds and on Radio Ulster’s TalkBack.

O'Doherty lives in Belfast with his family.