Eileen Dunne

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Eileen Dunne
Born (1958-04-28) 28 April 1958 (age 60)
Dublin, Ireland
Alma mater University College Dublin
  • Journalist
  • Broadcast presenter
Employer Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
Notable credit(s)
Spouse(s) Macdara Ó Fátharta (m. 1993)

Eileen Dunne (born 28 April 1958) is an Irish journalist, newsreader and presenter with Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ), Ireland's national radio and television station, where she has presented the main television news programmes Six One News, Nine O'Clock News and One O'Clock News including all other news bulletins on both radio and television. She is currently the co-anchor alongside Sharon NíBheoláin of RTÉ's flagship Nine O'Clock News and presents afternoon bulletins for RTÉ Radio 1.[1]

Dunne was born in Dublin, she studied Arts at University College Dublin before joining RTÉ in 1980 as a staff announcer.[1] She began presenting television news bulletins in 1984.[2][3]

In addition to her news work, Dunne also presented the religious affairs programme The God Slot for RTÉ Radio 1 on Friday nights, having previously presented Eileen Dunne's Classic Melodies for RTÉ lyric fm until 2010.[1] She was the International President of the Association of European Journalists (2010–2014).[4][5] [6]

Eileen Dunne regularly features on RTÉ coverage of major state occasions; in 2016, she was co-anchor with Bryan Dobson for the official state commemoration of the centenary of the 1916 Rising. She provided the RTÉ television commentary on the state funerals of Garret Fitzgerald (2011) and Albert Reynolds (2014) and the state commemoration of the Battle of the Somme (2016).

She presented news programmes from the UK on the State Visit of President Higgins to the UK in 2014, from Dublin Castle and Croke Park during Queen Elizabeth's State visit to Ireland in 2011 and from Ballybunion during President Bill Clinton's visit to Ireland in 1998. She also presented from Rome on the inauguration of Pope Benedict in 2005 and his resignation in 2013 and from Blacksod Bay, Mayo on the day of the R116 Air Crash in 2017. Other major live news specials she presented include the Concorde Crash on 25 July 2000, the result of the Papal Conclave on 19 April 2005, the IRA announcement that it was ending its armed campaign in Northern Ireland on 28 July 2005, and the Green Party pulling out of government on 23 January 2011. Eileen Dunne is now the most senior news presenter in the RTÉ Newsroom since Bryan Dobson retired from presenting news bulletins in October 2017.

She is married to the actor Macdara Ó Fátharta since 1993 who plays the part of the villain Tadhg in the Irish language TG4 drama, Ros na Rún & she has one son called Cormac.


  1. ^ a b c "Presenters: Eileen Dunne". RTÉ lyric fm. Archived from the original on 27 December 2008. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Pat Kenny, Anne Doyle and Eileen Dunne (17 April 2009). Eileen Dunne and Anne Doyle on The Late Late Show (Flash video). Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Nancy Previs (26 July 2010). "Body clock: Eileen Dunne". Irish Independent. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "New Board for AEJ International". Association of European Journalists. 14 October 2010. Archived from the original on 23 October 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  5. ^ {{url=http://www.aej.org/page.asp?p_id=6Association of European Journalists|accessdate=1 November 2016}}
  6. ^ Template:Url=https://www.independent.ie/life/because-daddy-died-in-2002-its-even-more-poignant-rte-newsreader-eileen-dunne-on-her-wedding-day-photo-36339467.html