BBC News NI's Vincent Kearney to move to RTÉ

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Vincent Kearney
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Vincent Kearney is an award-winning journalist

BBC News NI's home affairs correspondent Vincent Kearney is to take up a new role at RTÉ.

He will become Northern Ireland correspondent at the Irish national broadcaster early in 2019.

Mr Kearney, who is an award-winning journalist, previously worked as a reporter and producer at the BBC.

His 30 years of experience also includes senior editorial positions in regional and national newspapers.

Before joining the BBC he was Northern Ireland correspondent at the Sunday Times and also worked for the Belfast Telegraph.

'New challenge'

A former Northern Ireland journalist of the year, he has broken major stories throughout his career.

Mr Kearney, who is from Lurgan in County Armagh, said: "I'm delighted to be joining RTÉ.

"I've had 17 wonderful, enjoyable years working with a great team at the BBC.

"I look forward to this new challenge and to joining a new team."

Jon Williams, the managing director of RTÉ News, posted on Twitter that he was "excited" by the appointment.

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