Sunday 22 October 2017

TV3 Political Editor Ursula Halligan steps down after 18 years

Ursula Halligan Picture; Gerry Mooney
Ursula Halligan Picture; Gerry Mooney
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

TV3's Political Editor Ursula Halligan has decided to step down after almost 19 years covering politics for 3News.

The broadcaster, who has reported on four general elections and the tenures of four different Taoisigh in the course of her career, will leave TV3 at the end of August.

The award-winning journalist was the station's first ever political correspondent and also hosted her own show, The Political Party, on TV3 for almost five years.

"Ursula has made a valuable contribution to TV3 over the past 18 years and was always an independent voice in politics, going beyond the spin and hype to give our viewers the real story of what was happening at Leinster House," said Mick McCaffrey, Head of 3News.

"She was respected across all political parties for her insights and independence. We would like to thank Ursula for her dedicated service and wish her the very best for the future."

The broadcaster began her career at the Sunday Tribune and Vincent Browne's Magill magazine before moving to RTE News and Current Affairs.  She joined TV3 when the channel launched in 2000.

In February last year she was honoured with the National Order of Merit by France by French ambassador to Ireland Jean-Pierre Thébault.

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