'Change of direction' as Davin-Power leaves RTÉ
RTé political correspondent David Davin-Power has insisted he is "not retiring, just changing direction" as he leaves the confines of Montrose.
The broadcaster, who recently turned 65, bid farewell to his coworkers in the newsroom yesterday.
Davin-Power, who joined the station in the 1980s and launched 'Morning Ireland' in 1984 with broadcaster David Hanly, said he was "sad to be leaving such wonderful colleagues".
However, he considered himself lucky to "have been an eye witness to so many historic events like the IRA ceasefire and the Good Friday Agreement".
Dublin-born Davin-Power said it was "time for new challenges" and that he is looking forward to what the future holds.
Yesterday, his colleagues were quick to praise him. Health correspondent Fergal Bowers described him as a "legend of broadcasting". Ingrid Miley said it was "the end of an era".
Bryan Dobson told the newsroom: "David is an outstanding communicator.
"When he explains a story his capacity to simplify but not to distort complex stories is really something to behold."
At a 'goodbye gathering' yesterday, managing director of RTÉ Jon Williams commended Davin-Power saying: "In all the places I have worked his analysis and ability to tell a story is without peer. He is going to leave very big shoes to fill."