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Anne Doyle, pictured in 2004 (File) Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Goodbye: Anne Doyle's last news bulletin to be on Christmas Day

The veteran and much-loved broadcaster is taking early retirement and will appear on our screens for the last time later this month.

RTÉ HAS CONFIRMED that news presenter Anne Doyle will present her last bulletin on Christmas Day before she takes early retirement in the New Year.

The 59-year-old will present her final Nine O’Clock News bulletin on Christmas Day having been with the station some 33 years. Ironically her very first news bulletin was also on Christmas Day.

Doyle has been a regular and popular feature on our television screens over the past three decades. She turns 60 in January.

The Wexford native confirmed her departure last month after she decided to take the early retirement option offered by RTÉ chiefs looking to reduce the state broadcaster’s pay bill.

She is also to feature on a special stamp being issued by An Post to mark the 50th anniversary of the station’s first television broadcast.

Una O’Hagan is the 7/4 favourite to replace her as presenter of the Nine O’Clock News followed by fellow current newscasters Aengus Mac Grianna, Eileen Whelan and Anthony Murnane. Outsider Gráinne Seoige is a 100/1 shot.

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