Jim Duffy (journalist)

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Jim Duffy (born 12 April 1966) is an Irish historian, political commentator and a postroom worker for the Opposition, Fine Gael. He achieved prominence in 1990 when the contents of his on-the-record interview with then Tánaiste Brian Lenihan led to Lenihan's dismissal from government, his defeat in that year's Irish presidential election and the unexpected election of the left wing liberal Mary Robinson as President of Ireland.[1] Duffy was one of six people chosen to submit international reports on heads of state to Australia's Republic Advisory Committee in 1993. He was a frequent contributor to The Irish Times and the Sunday Independent, and a columnist in Magill magazine, as well as appearing on radio and television prior to his appointment to Kenny's office, but has ceased all media work since that date.

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Origins

Duffy was born in Drogheda in Meath[2] in 1966. His family are long-term residents of the townland of Durhamstown in the civil parish of Ardbraccan and the barony of Lower Navan, outside Navan in County Meath. On his maternal side, through his mother Bernadette Duffy (née Cadden) he is descended from Ballydurrow, in Munterconnaught, Cavan.[3]

Jim Duffy was educated in Bohermeen National School and St. Patrick's Classical School in Navan, where his classmates included the journalist Simon Cumbers (who was killed by Al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia in 2004). In 1984 Duffy began to study History and Politics in University College Dublin, achieving a 2:1 degree in 1987. He received a first class honours degree for his post-graduate studies in 1991.

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