UTV Ireland has made yet another new appointment with Irish Examiner journalist Mary Regan joining the news team as Political Editor.
Recently Paul Colgan was appointed UTV Ireland Economics Editor, having spent eight years at RTE where he reported across Six One and Nine News, Primetime, Morning Ireland, and News at One.
And prior to that it had been announced that Marcus Lehnen, one of three editors at the helm of Six One and Nine O'Clock news, would be joining the new station, which launches on January 1 2015.
Mary Curtis, head of UTV Ireland said, “Mary is an award winning journalist with a reputation for robust, independent reporting and incisive analysis.
"From the outset, our goal for UTV Ireland has been to create a strong and competitive news service and we have recruited some of the best journalists and reporters in the Irish broadcasting industry."
Born in Galway, Mary began her professional career as a reporter for RTÉ – moving into politics as a weekly columnist for Village Magazine.
She joined the Irish Examiner in 2006, where she reported on a number of historic events, including the bank guarantee, the IMF bailout, the collapse of the Cowen Government and the 2011 Presidential Election.
Mary has also covered events at the European Parliament and European Council meetings, as well as writing about human rights and other political issues from Cuba, Ethiopia and Uganda.
In the past year, Mary has reported on the withdrawal of discretionary medical cards from people with serious illnesses, and whistleblower allegations surrounding Garda misconduct.
She was awarded Young Journalist of the Year, at the GSK Media Awards, for her investigation into the extent and availability of ‘legal highs’ – a story which ultimately culminated in the introduction of new European laws.
In 2012, Mary was also invited to Washington DC, by the US State Department, to take part in the highly prestigious International Visitor Leadership Programme, for emerging young leaders.