Robbie Smyth is Deputy Head of the Journalism & Media Communications Faculty at Griffith College. He has been involved in the Media faculty since 1996 and has just finished a PhD at Queens University Belfast. In 1999 he was appointed to the board of InterTradeIreland, an all-Ireland economic development agency set up under the Good Friday Agreement. From 2003-2005 he was General Secretary of Sinn Féin. He has been a contributor to An Phoblacht since 1991. In 2009 he was appointed to a Cross Sector Advisory Forum, set up by the First and Deputy First Minster of the Northern Ireland Assembly, which sought to address problems arising from the economic crisis.