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Terry Keane with Charles Haughey. (Inset) Diarmuid Gavin, who says she was remarkable woman.

Terry Keane with Charles Haughey. (Inset) Diarmuid Gavin, who says she was remarkable woman.

Terry Keane with Charles Haughey. (Inset) Diarmuid Gavin, who says she was remarkable woman.

BBC presenter Diarmuid Gavin has described his late mother-in-law Terry Keane as a "remarkable woman" following the depiction of the journalist in RTÉ's controversial drama 'Charlie'.

Gavin is married to Keane's daughter Justine and admitted that none of the family had watched the three-part series.

"We didn't watch," he said. "Because whoever was writing, acting, filming and directing it didn't know Terry.

"We (the family) knew Terry and she was a wonderful mum, a dearly missed granny and the most incredible help to me. And that's how I will remember her."

Gavin first met Keane in 1993 after scoring gold in a spring floral competition in the RDS.

According to Gavin, Keane had an eye for emerging creative talent and discovered milliner Philip Treacy.

"She didn't care for important and pompous people," he told RTÉ Radio 1 broadcaster Marty Morrissey.

"She liked creative and artistic people and she was always there to give someone a hand. She was remarkable woman."

Irish Independent