Breaking: RTÉ broadcaster Marian Finucane dies suddenly

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RTÉ has announced the death of broadcaster Marian Finucane


RTÉ broadcaster Marian Finucane has died aged 69.

She passed away suddenly today at her home in Naas, RTÉ said in a statement.

RTÉ Director General Dee Forbes said: "We learned today of the sudden passing of Marian Finucane with profound shock and sadness.

"Marian was a broadcaster of immense capability; a household name, she was first and foremost a tenacious journalist with a zeal for breaking new ground.

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"From Women Today to Liveline to her weekday radio show on Radio 1 and, latterly, her enormously popular Saturday and Sunday radio programme, she tackled the big social issues of the day with command and insight.

"Multi-skilled, she forged a distinguished career on television, as well as undertaking significant charity work in Africa. Ireland has lost a unique voice. RTÉ has lost a beloved colleague. My sincere and heartfelt sympathies to her husband John and son Jack."

RTÉ Chair Moya Doherty said: "It is with the deepest shock and sadness that I heard the news of Marian Finucane. Marian was a pioneer in women's broadcasting and was rightly renowned for her fearless yet human interview technique. Many who work in broadcasting today, male and female, owe her a great debt. RTÉ has lost another great champion and another great talent, but we are the richer for having known and heard her work."

Marian is survived by her husband John and son Jack.

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