Paul Drury, executive editor of the Irish Daily Mail and the Irish Mail on Sunday, is moving to the job of managing editor.
Drury, 50, who has been in journalism for 30 years, is taking a month’s break before starting his new role, with responsibilities which will include liaising with the new Irish Press Council, hiring staff, leader writing and masterminding weekend features.
Drury, who previously edited the Evening Herald and Irish Daily Star, was appointed editor of Ireland on Sunday in December 2000 – a year before it became part of Associated Newspapers.
Editor-in-chief of Associated Newspaper Paul Dacre said: ‘We are enormously grateful for Paul’s outstanding contribution to making the Irish Mail on Sunday and Irish Daily Mail the great successes they are.”
Ted Verity, editor-in-chief of Associated Newspapers Ireland, said: ‘Paul is the most talented Irish newspaper executive of his generation and his extraordinary flair, energy and plain good sense have been absolutely pivotal to everything we have achieved.
‘I want to thank him for all his hard work, support and wise advice and say how delighted I am that we are going to be able to continue to draw on his wisdom for years to come.”