David McCullagh

David McCullagh is an Irish journalist and author. He is a presenter of the current affairs television programme Prime Time,[1] and Political Correspondent with RTÉ News and Current Affairs.[2]

David McCullagh
EducationUniversity College Dublin
Notable credit(s)
RTÉ News and Current Affairs
Spouse(s)Anne-Marie Smyth

McCullagh attended Newpark Comprehensive School and studied politics in University College Dublin. He holds a PhD in the subject.[3][4]

He began his journalistic career working for the Evening Press.[4] He is Political Correspondent with Raidió Teilifís Éireann, along with David Davin-Power.[5] He has been Political Correspondent in RTÉ since 2001.[4] He presents Behind Closed Doors on RTÉ One which details released State Documents.[3] He has also presented The Week in Politics[6] and election and referendum programmes on RTÉ. He was appointed to present the current affairs programme, Prime Time, in September 2013.[1]

In 1999, he won a prize under the category 'TV features and documentaries' in the ESB national media awards.[7] He has also written the book A Makeshift Majority: The first inter-party government, 1948-51,[3] and a biography of John A. Costello. The Reluctant Taoiseach: A Biography of John A Costello, was launched in 2010.[4][8]

McCullagh is married to journalist Anne-Marie Smyth; they have one daughter, Rosie.[4]


  1. New role for David McCullagh as RTÉ's Prime Time presenter RTÉ News, 2013-09-04.
  2. Miriam Lord (27 June 2009). "TDs learn not to distract revitalised Taoiseach". The Irish Times. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  3. "Behind Closed Doors: Presenter". RTÉ News. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  4. "Gill and Macmillan: The Reluctant Taoiseach". Gill and Macmillan. Archived from the original on 5 December 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  5. Daniel McConnell (27 April 2008). "US snub for RTÉ political combo". Irish Independent. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  6. "McDowell's lofty perch". The Irish Times. 17 April 2003. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  7. "Moloney wins ESB Journalist of the Year award". The Irish Times. 2 November 1999. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  8. John Bruton (9 October 2010). "Costello: the forgotten taoiseach". The Irish Times. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
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