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Fiona Looney is an Irish columnist, playwright, scriptwriter and media personality.

Fiona Looney
OccupationJournalist, Playwright
ChildrenCiara, Cian, Uainín

Personal life

Looney was brought up in a Catholic family in the Greenhills region of south Dublin.[1] She has spoken about having been sexually assaulted on two occasions, while a child and as a young adult.[2][3]


Looney began her career as a writer for the Irish political music magazine, Hot Press, before going on to a career with BBC Radio in London during the 1990s. She regularly contributed to The Gerry Ryan Show on RTÉ 2fm until the death of Gerry Ryan in 2010.

She was previously a regular contributor to topical comedy show The Panel. Looney's other television credits include working as a reporter for news programme Capital D and presenting two series of the travel series Voyager on RTÉ. Looney is also the creator of Celebrity Bainisteoir, having first submitted the idea to RTÉ in 2004.[4] As a screenwriter, she has contributed to the television shows The Fast Show, No Limits, This Is Ireland, and You’re A Star, among others.

Looney writes columns for the newspaper Irish Daily Mail and magazine Woman's Way.[5] Her newspaper columns provided the material for her first book, Misadventures in Motherhood: Life with The Small Girl, The Boy and The Toddler (2005). She is also a playwright. Her debut play Dandelions was a commercial success and focused on the lives of women in suburban Ireland; it became the first in a trilogy of plays.[6]


  1. "Miriam meets...... Dr Anne Looney and her sister Fiona Looney". RTÉ.ie. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  2. Lundon, Jane. "Fiona Looney:"I was molested as a child so seeing perverts being let off chills my heart"". Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  3. "Bibi Baskin and Fiona Looney open up about sexual assault on TV3's Midday". 31 August 2015. Archived from the original on 18 August 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  4. "Writer created celebrity TV series - judge". The Irish Times. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  5. "Want a stay-at-home wife? Go and see 'Dandelions'". Irish Independent. 27 May 2006. Retrieved 13 November 2008.
  6. "Public well advised to pick Dandelions". The Kingdom. 22 June 2006. Retrieved 31 July 2009.[permanent dead link]

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