Key figures pay tribute to broadcaster Keelin Shanley

by Gary Ibbotson

Tributes have poured in for RTE journalist and broadcaster, Keelin Shanley who passed away on Saturday aged 51.

Born in Monkstown, Shanley graduated from Trinity College before presenting a number of science and technology broadcasts in the late 1990s.

She then joined Prime Time in 1999 where she worked as a reporter and presenter.

Shanley was known for her Prime Time Investigates documentaries exploring themes of health inequality, cocaine abuse, homelessness, people trafficking and teenage criminality before going on to present Morning Ireland, The Consumer Show and Crimecall.

In January 2018, Shanley took up her role as a new presenter of the flagship RTE Six One News.

RTE Director-General, Dee Forbes, said: “Everybody at RTE is deeply saddened by the passing of our colleague and friend Keelin Shanley.

“A passionate and dedicated public service journalist, Keelin had an expertise that challenged and probed as well as an ease that endeared her to all.

“Most recently, Keelin co-presented the Six One News, watched by huge audiences daily. Keelin was incredibly popular with all her colleagues. But our loss is nothing compared to that of her much-loved family.

“My sincere sympathies go to Conor, Lucy, and Ben, to Keelin’s extended family, and to her wide circle of friends.”

President Michael D Higgins also paid tribute, saying: “People all over Ireland will have been greatly saddened by the news of the death of Keelin Shanley, broadcaster and award-winning journalist.

“Driven by a strong commitment to social justice, she brought great professionalism and dedication to her work as a journalist.

“Sabina and I send our deepest condolences to her husband Conor, their children Lucy and Ben, her wider family and her wide circle of friends.”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD said Shanley was not only “a very talented journalist, she was a really lovely person.

“Always warm, engaging and courteous.

“Our thoughts are with Keelin’s family and friends, and all of her colleagues in RTE,” he said.

Fellow RTE broadcaster John Creeden also expressed his sympathies to Shanley’s family.

“So shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of my colleague and one-time co-presenter Keelin Shanley, a woman of great intelligence and integrity,” he said.

“My heartfelt condolences to Conor, Lucy, Ben and all of Keelin’s family and friends.”

Shanley is survived by her husband Conor and their children Lucy and Ben. 

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