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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Vinnie: in his own words

"When it's going right, it's like drinking champagne all day -- the most satisfying job in the world."

"If I had to go through life all over again, I'd go the same way."

-- speaking on the occasion of his retirement

"What is news? It's ephemeral -- you can't put it in a refrigerator and hold it there until you let it out. The only thing worse than yesterday's news is the news of the day before."

"I was always a hands-on Editor. I got involved in the nuts and bolts of the production."

"It's impossible to develop a long-term friendship with a senior politician or minister or opposition spokesman. You always know that there is going to come a time when you will be ferociously critical of them."

"How could I have ever arrived without the stimulus of a great companion, Gertie? She always believed in me, was forever the support that saw me through the bad days, even though sometimes she felt our marriage was playing second fiddle to my job."

-- in tribute to his wife

Irish Independent

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