TRIBUTES is being paid to former RTE Western Editor Jim Fahy, who passed away after a brief illness.
The 75-year-old, who retired in 2011, is the broadcaster’s longest-serving regional correspondent.
Jim began his journalism career at the Tuam Herald and moved into broadcasting in the 1970s.
RTE News CEO Jon Williams said he is a “giant of journalism.”
“All of us at RTE News are deeply saddened by the passing of Jim Fahy,” he wrote.
“A giant in journalism and RTE.
“As Western Editor & Correspondent, from Eamon Casey, to Don Tidy & Knock airport, Jim is the one to speak for Ireland, while his documentaries bring the world closer.
“Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.”
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While Six One News host David McCullagh said he was an “absolute man”.
He wrote: “So sorry to hear this. An absolute man, and a complete professional.”
Correspondent Samantha Libreri added: “When I was working overnight shifts during my early days at RTÉ, Jim Fahy was on the phone at all hours, with stories from his area.
“He lived and loved his job. He was a giant of television journalism.
“And be kind and encouraging to all who come after him. Think of his family and friends.”
And former Employment and Industry Correspondent Ingrid Miley said Jim was a “great friend and colleague”.
She wrote: “I am so sorry to hear that Jim Fahy has passed away.
“The Western accent has covered so many stories over the decades.
“An absolutely wonderful colleague and friend for many years. May he rest in peace.”
Morning Ireland studio and web producer Lisa Pereira also talked about “how people confide in him.”
She added: “So sad to hear this. Jim is one of the best, a great journalist and colleague.
“People have confided in him. How many of his interviews begin with: ‘Stop it, Jim.’ RIP.”
Jim is survived by his wife Christina, their children and grandchildren.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8209684/tributes-paid-to-former-rte-western-editor-jim-fahy-dies/ Tributes paid to former RTE Western Editor Jim Fahy upon his death aged 75