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January 15, 2024

Irish Sun names deputy Fiona Wynne as next editor

The appointment means each national edition of The Sun is edited by a woman.

By Bron Maher

Irish Sun deputy editor Fiona Wynne will replace Kieran McDaid as editor as he steps down after eight years.

Having joined The Irish Sun as features editor in 2006, Wynne was appointed assistant editor in 2014 and deputy editor in 2016.

Her appointment means that in addition to editor-in-chief Victoria Newton, each of the three national editions of The Sun are now led by women, with Gill Smith editing The Scottish Sun and Natalie Evans The US Sun.

Wynne said: “I feel incredibly proud and lucky to have the opportunity to lead the fantastic team of journalists in The Irish Sun.

“Every day, across print and digital, we work tirelessly for our readers to inform and entertain them, to fight for their rights and the things that matter to them most. I look forward to continuing to tell their stories, and, hopefully, brighten up their day at the same time.”

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McDaid was announced last month as the new Ireland editor of The Sunday Times, another News UK title. He has edited The Irish Sun since 2016, and was previously its deputy.

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The Irish Sun’s assistant editor Declan Ferry will take over as deputy editor under Wynne. He said: “We have an amazing team who work so hard every day to bring our readers the news they care about, and I’m excited to see what the future holds.”

Newton said of the appointments: “With a wealth of experience in journalism as well as at the paper, [Wynne] brings to the role a thorough understanding of our readers having campaigned on their behalf and delivering the news that matters to them. Declan, likewise, has a tonne of experience behind him working for many publications, across both print and online.

“I know they will do a great job, and I wish them the best of luck in their new roles and look forward to working with them closely.

“Finally, I also want to wish Kieran a fond farewell. He’s been a fantastic editor of The Irish Sun for nearly eight years and leaves the paper in great health. I wish him all the best for the future.”

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