RTÉ News presenter Eileen Dunne has retired after 42 years on air.
Ms Dunne announced her final bulletin on last night’s Nine O’Clock News programme, much to the surprise of viewers.
She paid tribute to her family, RTÉ colleagues and the public at the end of tonight’s programme.
“This is my final bulletin after 42 years working for this wonderful organisation and I’ve only ever been as good as the people behind me,” Ms Dunne said.
“So a few thank yous. To my family and early mentors who got me here and sustained me. To my wonderful newsroom colleagues, both in front of and behind the cameras, not to mention wardrobe and make-up.
“And finally to you, the viewers, thank you for your support, especially during those turbulent Covid years.
“It’s been an honour and a privilege, see you on the other side.”
Ms Dunne joined RTÉ in 1980 as a radio continuity announcer and moved to the newsroom in 1984. Throughout her career she has anchored every RTE news programme.
See Eileen’s highlight reel here:
After over 40 years on air at RTÉ, senior newscaster Eileen Dunne has retired. The Nine O’Clock News presenter signed off from her final broadcast tonight, saying it has been ‘an honour and a privilege’ | Read: https://t.co/O5oDCeIT7D pic.twitter.com/hZctXi6KOb
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