RTÉ news presenter Eileen Dunne surprised Nine News viewers by announcing her immediate retirement at the end of Friday night’s bulletin.
s Dunne announced in March that she was planning to retire after a career spanning over 40 years.
However, she did not reveal when her last show would take place.
At the conclusion of Friday night’s program, she said she had one last thing to say.
At the end of today’s programme, she paid tribute to her family, RTÉ colleagues and the public.
“This is my last bulletin after 42 years of service to this wonderful organization, and I have only ever been as good as the people behind me,” said Ms. Dunne.
“So a couple of thanks. To my family and my early mentors who brought me here and supported me. To my wonderful editorial colleagues, both in front of and behind the camera, not to mention the wardrobe and makeup.
“And finally, thank you, the viewers, for your support, especially during these turbulent Covid years.”
She added: “It was an honor and a privilege, see you on the other side.”
Eileen Dunne joined RTÉ in 1980 as a part-time teacher, but began presenting news programs in 1984. The self-confessed news junkie is classified as a civil servant and should have resigned from her position in April.
“Eileen has presented all the major Irish television news programs throughout her career, including One O’Clock News, Six One News and in recent years Nine O’Clock News, as well as radio news on RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ Lyric FM,” RTÉ said.
“She has also covered major global news and state occasions, including official state commemorations of the 1916 uprising and state funerals.
After starting her career in radio, she continued her passion and hosted other shows such as ‘God Slot’ on RTÉ Radio 1 and music shows on RTÉ Lyric FM for many years.”
Ms Dunne is Secretary of the Irish Section of the Association of European Journalists and served as International President of the Association from 2010 to 2014.
Born in Dublin, he is married to Ros na Rún actor Macdara Ó Fátharta and they have a son Cormac.
The Met Éireann’s Joanna Donnelly paid tribute to Ms Dunne at the start of the weather forecast, according to the Nine News, saying: “What a career, what a woman.”
Meanwhile, RTÉ presenter Caitriona Perry has described Ms Dunne as a “generous colleague”.
“What a lovely farewell to Eileen Dunne who presented her final RTÉ news program tonight as she retires after 42 years at RTÉ. Eileen is a warm and generous colleague and a real lady who will be missed on the editorial board,” Ms Perry wrote on Twitter.
https://www.independent.ie/news/rte-news-reader-eileen-dunne-surprises-viewers-by-announcing-instant-retirement-live-on-air-42156478.html RTÉ newsreader Eileen Dunne surprises viewers by announcing his immediate retirement live on air