Kevin Rafter

Kevin Rafter is an Irish academic and experienced non-executive director. He is the author of numerous books on media and politics topics, having previously worked as a senior political journalist.

Kevin Rafter
OccupationProfessor & Non-Executive Director


Rafter is currently Head of the School of Communications[1] at Dublin City University where he is Full Professor of Political Communication.[2] He is also Chairperson of the Compliance Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland[3] and Chairperson of the Independent Advisory Committee of Culture Ireland.[4]

He chaired a major independent review panel on civil service reform in 2015[5] and was the independent rapporteur to the talks that led to the formation of Ireland’s minority coalition in 2016.[6] He is an experienced non-executive director including being a board member of Dublin Bus and Oxfam Ireland.[7]

Prior to 2008, Rafter held senior editorial positions with the Irish Times (political reporter), Sunday Times (political correspondent), Sunday Tribune (political editor/assistant editor), Magill magazine (editor) and RTÉ, the Irish national broadcaster (Prime Time reporter and This Week presenter).[8][9]


Rafter has authored/edited over a dozen books including, most recently, Political Advertising in the 2014 European Parliament Elections (2017).[10] His previous books include highly-regarded political biographies - including of Martin Mansergh (2002)[11] - and several histories of Irish political parties which received widespread praise including Clann na Poblachta (1996), Sinn Féin (2005), Democratic Left (2010),[12] and Fine Gael(2010)[13]

His extensive list of academic publications include numerous book chapters and research journal articles with a specific focus on media and politics including a study of Irish journalists in 2016.[14]


  1. "DCU School of Communications". Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  2. "Kevin Rafter - Staff Profile - DCU". Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  3. "Minister Naughten announces appointments to the Board of the BAI". Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  4. "Minister Madigan Announces New Members to the Culture Ireland Expert Advisory Committee". Culture Ireland. 16 March 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  5. "Strengthening Civil Service Accountability and Performance".
  6. O'Connor, Niall; Ryan, Philip (30 March 2016). "Varadkar clashes with Healy-Rae as talks on coalition become heated". Irish Independent. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  7. Manus, Keith Mc (13 February 2014). "How we're governed". Oxfam Ireland. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  8. "Kevin Rafter". The Irish Times. 22 August 2001. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  9. "Rafter joins `This Week' programme". The Irish Times. 22 August 2001. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  10. Holtz-Bacha, Christina; Novelli, Edoardo; Rafter, Kevin, eds. (2017). Political Advertising in the 2014 European Parliament Elections. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137569806.
  11. "Serving on the road to peace Biography". The Irish Times. 9 November 2002. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  12. Delaney, Eamon (10 April 2011). "Review: Democratic Left -- The Life and Death of an Irish Political Party by Kevin Rafter". Irish Independent. Irish Academic Press. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  13. Delaney, Eamon (3 December 2009). "Charting revival of FG and enigma of its leader". The Irish Times. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  14. Rafter, Kevin (27 July 2016). "Journalists are getting younger but loss of experience brings problems". The Irish Times. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
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