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David McCullagh RTÉ Press Office

David McCullagh to replace Pat Kenny as new Prime Time presenter

The RTÉ political correspondent starts his new gig next week.

RTÉ HAS ANNOUNCED that its political correspondent David McCullagh is to be the new presenter of the station’s flagship current affairs programme Prime Time.

Replacing the departed Pat Kenny, McCullagh will join Miriam O’Callaghan and Claire Byrne to present the programme which is broadcast on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights on RTÉ One.

Dublin-born McCullagh holds a PhD in politics and has worked for RTÉ for 20 years as a reporter for television and radio as well as a reporter and presenter for the This Week programme on RTÉ Radio 1. He has worked as a political correspondent since 2001.

In a statement today, McCullagh said: “I’m really delighted to be taking up this new opportunity. It’s a chance to be part of a fantastic team which has been responsible for producing top class coverage of current affairs.

“After 20 years in the RTÉ Newsroom, 12 of them as Political Correspondent, this is a big change for me, and a huge challenge, but I’m really looking forward to it.”

McCullagh, a keen Bruce Springsteen fan, is also the author of two books, A Makeshift Majority: the first Inter-party Government and The Reluctant Taoiseach: A biography of John A. Costello.

He will take up his role from next week. Prime Time returns to our screens this Thursday. And here’s the new team:


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