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Inishowen to receive ashes of RTE chief 01.09.08

INISHOWEN will receive the ashes next weekend of the late Jim McGuinness former RTÉ head of news.
Jim, who was a native of Derry, was married to Carndonagh woman, Sally (nee Mariner).
In a long and distinguished career in journalism, he served as editor of the Irish Press and the RTÉ Guide before becoming head of RTÉ News in the late 1960s.
He was responsible for a major expansion of RTÉ news coverage including the introduction of programmes such as 'This Week' and the 'News at One'.
Paying tribute to him, RTÉ director general Cathal Goan said the late Derryman was head of news at a "very turbulent and challenging time".
He said his legacy was particularly clear during this, the 40th anniversary of the start of the Civil Rights movement in Northern Ireland.
Jim started his career in London with the Irish News Agency and 'The Irish Press'. He later edited 'The Irish Press' before moving to San Francisco, where he was an award-winning
The late Jim McGuinness.
journalist. In 1961 he returned to Ireland to join the national broadcaster as head of information.
He served as head of news at the station from 1966 until 1974, a period when RTE’s coverage of Northern Ireland-related events was under intense political scrutiny.
Mr McGuinness’s funeral at St Brigid’s Church, Cabinteely, Co Dublin last week was packed with family, friends and former colleagues.
The eulogy was given by Desmond Fisher, former head of current affairs at RTE who described him as “like an elder brother”.
“It is fair to say that Jim was a very genuine republican nationalist with a love of his country that could be described as almost missionary in its zeal.
“Undoubtedly, this zeal in part motivated his demands that the northern Troubles be reported, analysed and explained as fully as the situation merited.
“At the same time he spoke as a serious and fair-minded journalist who could see what was coming," said Mr Fisher. Jim is survived by his wife, Sally; sons, Pearse and Niall; and daughter, Mary. His ashes are expected to arrive in Carndonagh at the weekend to be laid to rest. Details of the ceremony are still to be confirmed.
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