“She was like a member of the Resistance” – Veronica Guerin and the legacy of a great journalist
Veronica Guerin was murdered 25 years ago today. Anne Harris, deputy editor of the Sunday Independent at the time, remembers a woman driven by an innate sense of right and wrong.
26th Jun, 2021 - 7 min read
The Mother and Baby Homes report is a radical document which history will judge fairly
The Commission Report into Mother and Baby homes detailed a DNA of cruelty towards mothers and babies" in trouble" that goes back centuries in Ireland, long before our state or the church as we know it.
19th Jun, 2021 - 9 min read
Anne Harris: Martin Bashir, media deception and accepting disgrace
Martin Bashir is disgraced for the methods he used to obtain the Princess Diana interview in 1995 but the Guardian used similar methods with little condemnation. What does that tell us about media then and now?
5th Jun, 2021 - 6 min read
Anne Harris: Children understand the world of weeping they are inhabiting in lockdown
Lockdown has simultaneously stolen real childhoods while infantilising a nation of adults. Is there any hope that the Saga of the Shoes, like the best fairytales, not only reflects our society, but will be an influence for change?
3rd Apr, 2021 - 5 min read
A tale of two women: how the Irish and British media failed Máiría Cahill and Meghan Markle
Former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger is a member of Ireland's Future of Media Commission. Following the revelations that the paper's media commentator Roy Greenslade was an IRA supporter, is Rusbridger's position untenable?
13th Mar, 2021 - 7 min read
Fashion fightback: “I think the future is bright. But then I’m very positive”
Six months on from a previous interview, Anne Harris returns to Brown Thomas to meet the store’s fashion director in a different world. Between a crash course in digital marketing and cancelled catwalk shows, Shelly Corkery remains resolutely optimistic for her industry.
2nd Jul, 2020 - 7 min read
Anne Harris: “We cannot be immune to the stories. And we cannot weed out the dreamers. They are the poets and we need them now”
In an essay this Easter, Anne Harris says there are times when only poetry has the power to reach us: the heights of love, the depths of grief, the horrors of war - times like now, where powerful emotion is held tight for fear of overflow.
11th Apr, 2020 - 4 min read
Anne Harris meets Shelly Corkery: “I look at a team of people and I can feel the energy”
In a retail world turned upside down by the digital revolution, the leadership style of Brown Thomas’s fashion director includes a measure of “listen and wait” and careful attention to young people.