FOREIGN Affairs Minister Micheal Martin last night led tributes to the journalist and editor Jim Dougal who died yesterday, writes Grainne Cunningham.
Mr Dougal (65), who worked for RTE, the BBC and UTV in a career spanning 40 years, had been battling cancer for some time.
Born in Belfast, Mr Dougal worked as the BBC Northern Ireland's political correspondent, the European Commission's spokesman in Belfast and later became head of the Commission's UK office in London.
He is survived by his wife Deirdre, their three daughters and a son.
Expressing his condolences, Mr Martin said: "Jim was a gifted journalist with great political insight, and one who conducted himself with complete professionalism throughout his long career."
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said he had known Mr Dougal for many many years and described him as a "political journalist whose integrity and professionalism could never be questioned".