John Kelleher


John Kelleher was appointed Director of Irish Film Classificaton in April 2003 following a publicly advertised competition process. Born in Dublin, he graduated with a BCL degree from UCD and a Masters Degree in Drama from the University of Kentucky. He was called to the Bar in 1971. As a producer/director in RTÉ, he produced many award-winning programmes, including Strumpet City and Even the Olives Were Bleeding. He was appointed Controller of Television Programmes in 1980 and established the Today Tonight programme in the same year. He left RTÉ in 1983 to become Managing Director of The Sunday Tribune.

For over twenty years, he was one of Ireland’s leading independent film and television producers. He has produced six cinema films, including Eat the Peach (1986), which he co-wrote, Speakeasy(1999), The Halo Effect (2002) directed by Lance Daly and Bang, You’re Dead (2002) directed by Martin Daneels. He has produced six television drama series, numerous documentaries and four series of TV3’s current affairs flagship, Agenda. His daughter Roisin is a senior producer with BBC Belfast and his son Macdara is a Dublin-based film and television producer with Fastnet films.