David McCullagh will have a new role as co-presenter of the RTÉ Six One News alongside Caitríona Perry, when he takes up the role in September.
Well known to audiences from his work as a journalist and presenter on the likes of Prime Time and the This Week on RTÉ Radio 1, McCullagh said he is looking forward to "continuing the work of our much loved colleague, Keelin Shanley," who co-presented the Six One before passing away from cancer earlier this year.
McCullagh was the RTÉ political correspondent before moving to Prime Time in 2013. Speaking about the appointment, Director of RTÉ News and Current Affairs, Jon Williams, was effusive in his praise of the presenter:
"David is one of Ireland's most formidable journalists. For seven years, at Prime Time, he’s sought answers from scientists to Taoisigh, moderating - with Miriam - our Election 2020 Leaders’ Debate, and helping the programme reach some of the biggest audiences in its history during the Covid-19 lockdown."
"There could be no one better equipped to join Caitríona on Six One as Ireland emerges from this emergency facing some difficult challenges, and heads towards the centenary of the foundation of the State."
Meanwhile, Ray Kennedy will present both the RTÉ Six One News and Nine News programmes on weekends from September.