New Donegal News editor is appointed

The Donegal News is delighted to announce the appointment of Laura McMonagle as its new editor. The appointment follows the retirement of Columba Gill after 25 years at the helm.

A native of County Kildare, Laura joined the Donegal News in 2017 as a reporter as has been News Editor since 2021. She will become the first woman to hold the position of editor in the 120 year history of the paper.

Speaking ahead of taking up the role, Laura said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed as editor of the Donegal News. It is an honour and a privilege and I’m looking forward to the challenge.


“I know I have big shoes to fill replacing Columba Gill who has given decades of service to the paper and I wish him well in his retirement. This is a paper with a long and proud history telling the stories of the people of Donegal and raising the issues that are important to them.

“As well as having a long past, the Donegal News also has a bright future. The news industry has changed in many ways in recent years but what hasn’t changed is our commitment to the community and to providing first class journalism across our papers and online.”

Laura McMonagle has been appointed the new editor of the Donegal News.

Managing Director of the North-West News Group, Dominic McClements paid tribute to Columba who is retiring after 42 years with the company.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank Columba for his four decades of service. He can hand over the reigns knowing that he has helped to develop the newspaper into one of distinction with a solid reputation for its news quality.

“The Donegal News has a long legacy of high quality journalists and editors and Columba has made his mark on the paper and leaves it in a very strong and healthy position.

“We are delighted to make the announcement that Laura McMonagle will be Columba’s successor. Laura has the unique distinction of being the first female editor which is something we are very proud of.


“The Donegal News has seen many changes over the past century and as we prepare to see many more in the future I have every confidence in Laura to steer the title forward and maintain it as the best in the county.”

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