Friday 16 November 2018

Former RTE broadcaster Brian Farrell has died at 85

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Veteran broadcaster Brian Farrell has passed away.

He was 85.

Mr. Justice Hugh O'Flaherty,centre, with Arts Council chairman Brian Farrell, left, and Chief Justice Liam Hamilton at the launch of his book
Mr. Justice Hugh O'Flaherty,centre, with Arts Council chairman Brian Farrell, left, and Chief Justice Liam Hamilton at the launch of his book "Justice Liberty & The Courts" held in the Old Jameson Distillery, Bow St, Dublin. Matt Walsh.

His former RTE colleague Sean O’Rourke announced his passing on his RTE Radio One show earlier today.

The author, broadcaster, academic and journalist was the host of ‘Today Tonight’, ‘Prime Time’, ‘7 Days’, ‘Newsbeat’ and ‘Broadsheet’.

In a statement, RTE’s Director General Noel Curran said: “Brian Farrell was one of the most respected and talented Current Affairs presenters ever to appear on RTÉ. Having started out on Radio Éireann, he was there from the very beginning of Telefís Éireann in 1962.

“On Broadsheet, Newsbeat, 7 Days, Today Tonight, and Prime Time, his incisive analysis was paired with a unique presentation style and a depth of knowledge about Irish politics that was extraordinary.

BRIAN FARRELL
BRIAN FARRELL

“He was also a fantastic colleague. Wise, witty, supportive but also not afraid to challenge, he was a hugely positive presence on the Current Affairs team. I consider it a privilege to have worked with him. Our thoughts are with his family.”

Sean O'Rourke joined John Bowman in paying tributes to Mr Farrell this morning on his programme.

Bowman praised his late colleague for being a "good interrupter" with politicians.

He also noted that Brian had published a number of works - including a book on Sean Lemass and some 50 journal pieces.

He helped develop the subject of political science in UCD, and was held in high respect by students out there.

Mr Farrell, who was born in 1929, was educated at UCD and also attended Harvard.

He was later appointed an associate professor in Government and Political Science in UCD.

He began broadcasting in 1957, initially on radio.

His style of interviews with politicians gained him many fans.

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