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Tributes after RTE's Keelin Shanley dies aged 51

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Keelin Shanley

Keelin Shanley

Colleagues of RTE journalist Keelin Shanley, who has died following an illness aged 51, turned her desk into a shrine in a tribute to the broadcaster.

Heartbroken RTE colleagues covering the knife-edge Irish general election paid tribute to her with a photo and candles placed at the spot she usually worked.

Ms Shanley passed away on Saturday afternoon at her home in Dublin after a brave battle with cancer. She had worked across a wide array of RTE news and current affairs programmes, including flagship shows Prime Time and Morning Ireland.

She presented Morning Edition for two years before returning to radio, and taking over as co-anchor on the Six One news on RTE One with Caitriona Perry - the first time two women have done so.

She is survived by her husband Conor Ferguson and son and daughter, Ben and Lucy.

Managing director of RTE News and Current Affairs, Jon Williams, paid tribute to Ms Shanley and said she was "the best of us - and we are heartbroken".

Mr Williams tweeted: "Thank you for many kind words about #KeelinShanley. Hope knowing impact she made, source of comfort & pride for family. Tonight candles burn on her desk @rtenews. But Keelin would be first to say show goes on. We will make her proud."

Belfast Telegraph