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.
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Rafter is currently Head of the School of Communications at Dublin City University where he is Full Professor of Political Communication. He is also Chairperson of the Compliance Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and Chairperson of the Independent Advisory Committee of Culture Ireland.
He chaired a major independent review panel on civil service reform in 2015 and was the independent rapporteur to the talks that led to the formation of Ireland’s minority coalition in 2016. He is an experienced non-executive director including being a board member of Dublin Bus and Oxfam Ireland.
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).
Rafter has authored/edited over a dozen books including, most recently, Political Advertising in the 2014 European Parliament Elections (2017). His previous books include highly-regarded political biographies - including of Martin Mansergh (2002) - and several histories of Irish political parties which received widespread praise including Clann na Poblachta (1996), Sinn Féin (2005), Democratic Left (2010), and Fine Gael(2010)
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- Holtz-Bacha, Christina; Novelli, Edoardo; Rafter, Kevin, eds. (2017). Political Advertising in the 2014 European Parliament Elections. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137569806.
- "Serving on the road to peace Biography". The Irish Times. 9 November 2002. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
- 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.
- Delaney, Eamon (3 December 2009). "Charting revival of FG and enigma of its leader". The Irish Times. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
- Rafter, Kevin (27 July 2016). "Journalists are getting younger but loss of experience brings problems". The Irish Times. Retrieved 7 October 2019.