TRIBUTES were paid last night to former Irish Independent editor and RTE's former head of information and publicity, Louis McRedmond, who has died at the age of 78.
Michael Denieffe, managing editor of Independent Newspapers, said the passing of Mr McRedmond robbed Ireland of one of the outstanding journalists of his generation.
In 1968, he was appointed editor of the Irish Independent, at a time of great social and economic change in Ireland and he left an indelible mark on the newspaper. "Journalism has changed enormously since Louis McRedmond held court in Middle Abbey Street, but the qualities he brought to the role of editor -- integrity and resolve -- are as vital and current today as they were then," he said.
Originally from Mitchelstown, Co Cork, Mr McRedmond was educated at Clongowes Wood, College, Co Kildare, and at UCD, where he was awarded an MA in 1954. He qualified as a barrister the same year.
He joined the Irish Independent in 1958, working as a leader writer for the newspaper. In 1973 he joined RTE as head of information and publicity, a post he held until his retirement in 1986.
Mr McRedmond is survived by his wife Maeve, sons Michael and David, daughters Anne and Elizabeth and 13 grandchildren.
His removal takes place tomorrow to the Church of the Holy Cross, Dundrum, Dublin, and his funeral Mass takes place at 11.30am on Thursday.