'You'll always be a role model': Laura Whitmore pays tribute to Marian Finucane following her sudden passing 7 months ago

'You'll always be a role model': Laura Whitmore pays tribute to Marian Finucane following her sudden passing

Laura Whitmore has paid tribute to Marian Finucane following her sudden passing.

The presenter died suddenly at home on Thursday, accord to RTÉ.

Taking to Instagram on Thursday evening, Whitmore shared a tribute to the the RTÉ presenter, whom she said "paved the way for so many women in journalism and broadcast."

"RIP Marian Finucane - you paved the way for so many women in journalism and broadcast," she wrote. "I was so honoured to have been interviewed by you on your radio show and you’ll always be a role model.

"Professional, warm and so smart. Love to your family at this time." 

 

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Born in 1950, Marian Finucane first worked with RTE in the 1970s. A qualified architect, she became a programme presenter working on programmes concerned with contemporary social issues, especially those concerning women, notably on Women Today.

She became a household name with her Liveline programme on RTE Radio 1. A winner of the Prix Italia, her television work included Consumer Choice and Crime Line.

On Gay Byrne's retirement in 1999, she took over his early morning radio slot to present The Marian Finucane Show, ultimately taking over the morning slots on Saturday and Sunday.