Award winning New York Times reporter and Ballina native Declan Walsh has made international headlines today.

Around two years ago a US government official warned the Times of the imminent arrest of Declan Walsh in Egypt.

The official believed the Trump administration was refusing to intervene - so the US paper asked Irish diplomats to escort the Mayo man to safety.

Irish officials got Walsh to safety 'within an hour.'

The New York Times revealed today it had to turn to the Irish Government to help their Cairo Bureau Chief, as they claimed the Trump administration refused to intervene.

The story was revealed today by A G Sulzberger, the publisher of the US newspaper.

Walsh was educated in St Muredach’s College in Ballina and went on to study a Master in Journalism and Mass Communication in DCU.

After stints reporting as an African reporter for the Irish Times and the Independent, as well as a Pakistani correspondent for the Guardian, Walsh made the move to the American news giant.

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