Leaving The Table

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Martina Fitzgerald

“I take great pride in my work reporting from Leinster House as RTE’s Political Correspondent and especially covering the dramatic 2016 general election and subsequent prolonged government formation process as well as the historic referendums on Marriage Equality and the Eighth Amendment.

“I loved every minute reporting on political developments – and providing analysis and context – for RTÉ’s audience.

“Thank you to my colleagues who helped me with all this work and to everyone for their loyalty and decency.”

Martina Fitzgerald, this afternoon

Martina Fitzgerald to leave RTÉ News (RTÉ)

Rollingnews

28 thoughts on “Leaving The Table

    1. Tony

      Is that an actual fact though Baz? Or just a nice bit of lady hatin’? You sometimes come across like a bit of an ignorant spoofer on here but maybe that’s unfair. Do you work in RTÉ or do you know her personally?

  1. Cian

    So did she hand in her notice and then RTE appointed Paul Cunningham as political correspondent?
    Or did RTE appointed Paul Cunningham as political correspondent and that has caused her to leave?
    or are they unrelated?

    1. the bottler

      “RTÉ colleagues say the broadcaster made a settlement offer to Ms Fitzgerald who is pleased with the outcome.
      The offer is understood to have followed consultations between her legal team and that of RTÉ, and the threat of legal action.”

      1. Otis Blue

        It appears that she was required to renew her contract and wasn’t successful. Why would she be entitled to a settlement?

  2. Eoin

    Oh the humanity. Somewhere, Mary Mitchell O’Connor is going [pigs in space intonation] “nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo”

    As for the book, it sold around 700 copies in its first week and then dropped to below 200 (could have been zero). Wonder how many were promotional and how many were bought by politicians using taxpayers money.

    Paul Cunningham is better (but Gavin Reilly is best).

  3. A force for justice

    Word has it she just wasn’t that good.

    If only Caitriona Perry was next. Not good at presenting at all.

  4. anne

    I’m not sure I give a fiddlers. Am I suppose to care like? What happened that things went sour?

    RTE have done her a favour anyway. The 6pm & 9pm news are for simpletons. Dumb down propaganda.
    Plastic Sheeting RTEeeee Neeewiiiis will be next hopefully.

  5. Lilly

    Duh. Just realised I’ve been mixing Martina Fitzgerald up with Mary Fitzgerald who used to report for The Irish Times. What ever became of her?

  6. Eoin

    “RTÉ colleagues say the broadcaster made a settlement offer to Ms Fitzgerald who is pleased with the outcome.

    The offer is understood to have followed consultations between her legal team and that of RTÉ, and the threat of legal action.

    Colleagues say she will be in no rush to make any early decisions on future career moves due to her settlement.”

    reports the Irish Times.

    Assuming this is true, and you never know when unidentified “friends” and “colleagues” are concerned, two questions

    (1) why is RTE paying any settlement whatsoever, you have a fixed term contract, there’s an open competition at the conclusion of the contract, you’re not successful so are redeployed in another role, why isn’t Martina redeployed. After all, RTE does have vacancies, it’s recently recruited Mary Regan as a political correspondent and Juliet Gash.

    (2) where is the settlement coming from in loss-making RTE? Surely it’s not coming from the windfall from the sale of the Montrose lands for €110m? That was supposed to be used for capital investment, although RTE seems to have been using it for unnecessary redundancies and paying down bank debt (which is incurred to fund day-to-day activities).

    This episode is just another argument for cutting RTE loose from the public purse.

    1. Lilly

      Carol Coleman. She didn’t get the sack. It wasn’t a great interview though; she went all Jeremy Paxman on him when what was called for was Miriam O’Callaghan.

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