This is a blog about crime, fact and fiction.

The fact part stems from my job as a crime and drugs reporter in the Irish Examiner http://www.irishexaminer.com/. The fiction part refers to my attempts to write a crime fiction novel. I’m about a half-to-two thirds way through a first draft at the moment.

I hope to post some pics that might serve as inspiration/relevance to my writing. The blog will also include a few reviews of crime fiction novels (just a few, as I’m a slow reader!).

I intend to blog as often as I can, building up to every day or every couple of days.




7 Responses to About

  1. kathie says:

    Dear Cormac.

    I am student in NUIGalway currently studying human rights law.
    I thinking about writing this years essay on the case of the St.Patrick’s Institute.
    I’m only just gathering information, and came across multiple articles by you on the topic. They were indeed very interesting. Unfortunately I’, prohibited from using your articles in my essay, but I was just wondering where you sourced your facts, or were they giving directly to you by the prison service?

    Thanks a millions


    • CJ O'Keeffe says:

      Hi Kathie,

      Most of the most recent stuff I would have got from the IPS on foot of questions I put in. I’m sure they could provide you with the same information is you ask. Don’t see why not. If there is anything specific let me know. Best of luck. Cormac

  2. Steven Peet says:

    Cormac – I am a qualified Social Worker and am currently doing an MSc thesis on the topic of Problematic Internet Use”. I am currently writing a section on “porn addictions” and I noted your article “Access to porn ‘fuelling sex crime’”. Whilst I note your source for this assertion is un-named I was keen to see if you could provide any information on where this comes form and who linked access to porn and rates sex crimes. Interestingly there are conflicting research articles from the last 4 or 5 years which agree and disagree with this view (but that is academia for you). If you wish I could send on some of them if you have an age to spare ! Any information on the source would be great as I would love to see if they can offer up anything more but it is a very interesting point. For what its worth I feel there is something in it

    • CJ O'Keeffe says:

      Hi Steven. Sorry for delay responding, but work has been mad busy. I can’t reveal the source of the information I’m afraid. All I can say is it’s a very informed source, an experienced garda who has worked with juveniles a long time. He did his own research after the juvenile sex crimes started to increase dramatically, but stressed it was not scientific research. I also spoke to Children at Risk in Ireland (CARI) who said the wider sexualisation of children was a factor, as was access to pornography (cari.ie). Yes, you can email me the research, or a selection of it. Thanks for your interest and best of luck with the masters. work email is cormac.okeeffe@examiner.ie

  3. Hi, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award! Check out my blog if you’re interested, but no worries if not.

  4. Loved your article today in the Irish Examier. Being from Ireland and working in the substance abuse industry in the UK I am always gob smacked by the lack of choice and availability of services in Ireland. Dr Niall Cahill is opening a branch of our Abstinence Centre her in London back in Limerick. We are constantly treating Irish addiction patients that fly over to the UK for a surgical procedure to stop their heroin addiction and reduce their alcohol consumption. Kind regards.

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