Thursday 22 February 2018

Anchorman Alan Cantwell: From TV3 to the dole to TV3... to government

New job: Alan Cantwell. Photo: Frank McGrath
New job: Alan Cantwell. Photo: Frank McGrath

Barry Lennon

The last time Alan Cantwell left TV3, he went from signing off from the station's 5.30pm bulletin to signing on the dole.

Things look brighter for the news anchor as he departs to become press officer for Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell-O'Connor.

Mr Cantwell announced he was leaving the station on Thursday night.

"Have resigned my position at TV3," he wrote on Twitter.

Cantwell previously quit TV3 in 2012 after 14 years with the station.

The 48-year-old broadcaster had hoped to forge a career in the US but had difficulty obtaining a visa.

He joined the dole queue almost two months after quitting TV3.

Cantwell was candid when describing his experience of signing on in Dún Laoghaire's social welfare office.

"I remember it looked like a gulag from the outside, and was little better on the inside," he said at the time.

Now it seems he is moving into the world of creating jobs rather than looking for them.

Cantwell briefly joined UTV Ireland in 2015 before returning to TV3 last September.

He left UTV Ireland as he believed the station's future was "uncertain".

Given the new Government's outlook, the same doubts could be applied to long-term career prospects in it.

Over the past eight months, Cantwell has been at the forefront of TV3's political coverage, leading the station's election coverage.

He also recently attended the VIP Style Awards and partied with Conor McGregor.

Irish Independent

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