Belfast Telegraph

Cowen in tribute to veteran editor

Taoiseach Brian Cowen has led tributes to Vincent Doyle, the former editor of the Irish Independent who has died.

The veteran journalist was one of the longest-serving editors in the Irish newspaper industry, heading the biggest selling daily newspaper in the country.

The Taoiseach said Mr Doyle, who died suddenly at the Blackrock Clinic after a short illness, believed in getting the story and in getting it right.

"Vinnie Doyle was a legendary figure in Irish media, someone whose traditional commitment to news gathering and values won him the respect of his peers in journalism and beyond that in the worlds of politics, business and sport," he said.

Mr Doyle, who was in his 70s, began his newspaper career in 1959 when he joined the Irish Press as copyboy. Over the years he worked as a film critic and feature writer before he became a freelance journalist in the UK.

He returned to Ireland and joined the Independent Group in 1969, working for both the Evening Herald and Irish Independent.

He was appointed editor of the Irish Independent from 1981 until his retirement in 2005.

Mr Doyle is survived by his wife Gertrude and sons Garret, Conor and Vinny, daughters-in-law Angie and Marion and five grandchildren.

Gavin O'Reilly, chief executive of Independent news and Media, said Mr Doyle was a legend who embodied all that is great about Irish journalism.

"In a distinguished career that spanned nearly 40 years at Independent, Vinnie was ever faithful to his brief - ensuring fairness, accuracy and excellence at all times," said Mr O'Reilly.

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