Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Tributes paid to editor Fanning

Sunday Independent editor Aengus Fanning has died aged 69

President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to long-serving Sunday Independent editor Aengus Fanning, who has died aged 69.

Mr Fanning, from Tralee, Co Kerry, edited the paper for the last 28 years. He had been battling against cancer.

"Aengus was a very committed journalist and editor whose energy and talents will be greatly missed by his colleagues, not only in the Sunday Independent, but also in the wider world of journalism," said President Higgins.

"He will also be missed by his many friends in the world of music."

Mr Fanning joined Independent Newspapers in the late 1960s as a general reporter before becoming agricultural correspondent.

He was later appointed news analysis editor of the Irish Independent before taking the reins at the Sunday Independent in 1984.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny also offered his condolences to Mr Fanning's family, friends and colleagues.

"Aengus was a charismatic and significant media figure who took a very hands-on approach to his job as editor of the Sunday Independent," he said.

"Throughout his 28-year tenure as editor of the paper, he ensured that the Sunday Independent remained relevant and influential on the important news stories of the day."

Gavin O'Reilly, chief executive of Independent News and Media, said: "Aengus truly was one a kind, possibly the greatest and most instinctively brilliant editor that Irish journalism has ever produced."

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