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Not to be confused with legendary filmmaker John WatersWikipedia. That one is tasteless and offensive on purpose.

John Waters is a former newspaper columnist for the Irish Times and Irish Independent whose career started with Hot Press magazine.[1] In the early 1990s, he has a daughter Róisín, with Irish singer Sinéad O'Conner whom she had a large custody battle with. [2]

He is associated with the Iona Institute and Irexit.


He has referred to himself as a "neo-Luddite"[3] or later as a "luddite".[4]

He supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq.[5][6]

In 2014 he stopped writing for The Irish Times.[7]


In an interview, he has described people of faith as "funnier, sharper and smarter" than atheists.[8]

Criticism of Blogsphere[edit]

During a newspaper review on radio station, Newstalk 106, Waters declared blogs and bloggers to be "stupid".[9] He then repeated those claims[10] the following week, sparking controversy amongst Irish bloggers[11] who took exception to his views.

Comments on clinical depression[edit]

In April 2014, Waters replied when asked if he had become depressed because of the reaction to his actions over RTÉ and Rory O'Neill: "There's no such thing. It's an invention. It's bullshit. It's a cop out."[12]

His mental illness denial criticised by many, including guidance councillor Eamon Keane, journalist Suzanne Harrington (whose late husband suffered from depression), gay rights activist Panti, charity campaigner Majella O'Donnell as well as online commenters.[13][14][15][16]

His former partner Sinéad O'Connor expressed concern for Waters, saying that she thought he was suffering from depression and needed to admit it.[17]

Marriage Equality[edit]

In 2015, he became involved with First Families First in calling for a 'No' vote in the referendum for the Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015.[18]

Repeal the 8th Campaign[edit]

During the campaign to repeal the 8th amendment to the Irish Constitution, to remove the constitutional ban on abortion, he campaigned on the No side.[19] During the campaign he appeared on Eamonn Dunphy's podcase The Stand for what was scheduled to be a 40 minute interview, but he stormed off after 13 minutes saying "You’re a bollocks, a fucking bollocks."[19]


  1. "Is Hot Press still cool?". Marketing Magazine (Ireland). Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  2. Sinead O'Connor - Biography
  3. "Waking up to what the millennium really means". 
  4. "Phone texts send wrong message". 
  5. Bush and Blair doing right thing Irish Times 24 March 2003.
  6. Impose democracy on Iraq Irish Times 24 March 2003.
  7. John Waters has officially stopped writing for the Irish Times, thejournal.ie
  8. Count Me Out "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 21 July 2011.  (MP3 audio file)
  9. John Waters on blogs "John Waters on blogs". 17 January 2008.  Twenty Major Blog. 10 January 2008.
  10. More on John Waters and blogs "More on John Waters and blogs". 19 January 2008.  Twenty Major Blog. 16 January 2008.
  11. No child of John Waters will ever marry a… blogger... The DOBlog 16 January 2008.
  12. Horan, Niamh (13 April 2014). "'I've been put on trial over my beliefs'". Sunday Independent. 
  13. Sheehy, Clodagh; Blake Knox, Kirsty (14 April 2014). "Anger over John Waters' depression comments". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 10 October 2020. 
  14. Harrington, Suzanne (21 April 2014). "My rage at John Waters' dated rhetoric and old-school ignorance". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 10 October 2020. 
  15. "Remarks about depression sparked huge online debate". Sunday Independent. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2020. 
  16. Finn, Melanie (14 April 2014). "John is depressed but he won't admit it, claims O'Connor". Evening Herald. Retrieved 10 October 2020. 
  17. Sheridan, Kathy (1 May 2015). "Kathy Sheridan: First Families First take up fight for No side". The Irish Times. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  18. 19.0 19.1 'You're a f***ing b****cks, Eamon' - John Waters storms off Dunphy's podcast, thejournal.ie