Monday 16 July 2018

Here are the favourites to replace Caitriona Perry as next RTE Washington Correspondent

Martina Fitzgerald
Martina Fitzgerald
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

As RTE's Washington Correspondent Caitriona Perry gears up for her new role co-anchoring RTE Six One News in Montrose, speculation has begun about her possible replacement.

Who among those in the RTE canteen is best equipped to report on the trials and tribulations and more trials of President of the United States Donald Trump and the associated shenanigans in Washington?

Favourite to bag the position is Mícheál Lehane with Paddy Power giving him odds of 7/1. 

The Kerry journalist joined RTE's Political Unit in 2004 and has worked on major political stories for RTE News and The Week in Politics.  He is a regular contributor to Morning Ireland, News at One and Drivetime.

Mícheál Lehane
Mícheál Lehane

In May this year he was appointed to the position of Political Correspondent, replacing David Davin Power who had held the position for 16 years.  He joined Martina Fitzgerald as the joint lead reporter from the Dail.

Speaking of Martina, Lehan's fellow RTE Political Correspondent is second favourite at 10/1.  She has been in her current role since 2013 so perhaps would be more likely to move. 

Martina Fitzgerald
Martina Fitzgerald

She replaced David McCullagh in her current position and she was the first female correspondent in six years.  She has worked with RTE for the past 18 years.

READ MORE: Revealed: New all female line-up for new RTÉ Six One News as Sharon Ní Bheolain lands new role on Crimecall

Brian O'Donovan PIC: Ingrid Miley/Twitter
Brian O'Donovan PIC: Ingrid Miley/Twitter

Brian O'Donovan, meanwhile, is at 12/1.  O'Donovan was TV3's finance correspondent before moving to RTE in October 2015 where he has been working as Foreign News reporter.

His odds are only marginally better than Brian Dowling at 14/1.  The RTÉ Political Reporter works on The Week in Politics.  He has filled Sean O'Rourke's seat on RTE Radio 1 on occasion.

RTE journalist Petula Martyn, who has worked across RTE radio and television, is at 16/1 while fellow journalist with RTE News Laura Fletcher is at 20/1.

Laura recently directed African Pride, a documentary about the fight against homophobia in South Africa.  She has also reported from South Sudan.  It would mean quite a change in director for Laura so she may not be a likely candidate.

George Lee
George Lee

RTE's Legal Affairs Correspondent Orla O'Donnell's odds are 25/1 as are RTE reporter Vivienne Traynor and Europe Editor for RTÉ News and Current Affairs Tony Connelly.

Journalist George Lee, meanwhile, is at 33/1.  He worked for RTE from 1992 to 2009 when he left to become a TD for the Dublin South constituency. He returned to RTE in 2010 and has worked in RTÉ News and Current Affairs across TV and radio since. 

Last year he hit the headlines himself for a bizarre report about seagulls.

Tommie Gorman, meanwhile, has worked for RTE News and Current Affairs since 1980. He is currently Northern Ireland editor and his odds are 50/1.

RTE News journalist Tommie Gorman
RTE News journalist Tommie Gorman

RTÉ News and Current Affairs broadcaster Paschal Sheehy is an outsider at 66/1 while RTE Midlands Correspondent Ciaran Mullooly is 80/1.

Everyone's favourite viral star Teresa Mannion is an unlikely bet at 100/1.

Her infamous weather report during Storm Desmond
Her infamous weather report during Storm Desmond

Online Editors

Entertainment Newsletter

Going out? Staying in? From great gigs to film reviews and listings, entertainment has you covered.

Editors Choice

Also in Entertainment