By Utku Muratoglu
The NUIG Journalism graduate Ailbhe Conneely has appointed as RTÉ’s new Social Affairs & Religion Correspondent.
Ms Conneely has been working as a news reporter across all RTÉ platforms for the last 17 years.
Most recently, she was a reporter on RTÉ’s flagship Nine O’Clock News.
Speaking of her appointment, she said:
“It is an honour to be appointed Social Affairs and Religion Correspondent for RTÉ”,
“It’s a broad brief which covers a wide range of subjects such as housing, immigration, home care, mental health, disability, drug abuse, and other under-reported issues”,
“I aim to give a voice to those who struggle to make themselves heard. I also aim to reflect Ireland’s changing society through religious coverage.”
She is also known for her four-part series on the Direct Provision system.
Prior to that Ms Conneely worked in the Galway Bay FM newsroom before she began working for RTÉ in 2003.
She has also served as a member of RTÉ’s political staff for seven years, reporting on events in the Houses of the Oireachtas and the European Parliament.
Ms Conneely has also lectured students in NUIG’s MA Journalism programme.