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George Lee gets a new role at RTE

AFTER years of toing and froing between RTE's Donnybrook studios and the Dail, George Lee is being sent to new pastures.

The State broadcaster has made the former Fine Gael TD their new 'Agricultural and Environment Correspondent'.

"I left the newsroom five years ago. In a way I feel like I'm going back to the future," he said.

"I'm back in the newsroom but in a different and new capacity."

Lee began working as a journalist for RTE in 1992. He left the station in May 2009 to join Fine Gael but dramatically quit the party just nine months later having grown dissatisfied.

For the past several years he has worked as a correspondent on Prime Time and presented The Business on RTE Radio One.

He described his new role as "an exciting new departure" and said he was looking forward to meeting new people and hearing their stories.

"I'm thrilled," he said. "Agriculture is undoubtedly the most important sector of our economy."

"This is a very exciting time for the Irish agricultural and food sector. There are great prospects for increased output and employment, and great hopes that agribusiness can help push our entire domestic economy forward at a critically important time," Mr Lee said.

The RTE agriculture correspondent role has been vacant since October 2012 when Joe O'Brien retired.