Geraldine Kennedy is named as new editor of The Irish Times newspaper and becomes the first woman editor of a national daily newspaper.

The award-winning political correspondent is a native of Carrick-on-Suir in County Tipperary and previously held the position as a political correspondent at The Sunday Tribune and Sunday Press newspapers. She shot to prominence in the early eighties when she and journalist Bruce Arnold had their phones tapped during the Haughey administration. She later received £20,000 compensation from the state. 

In 1987 Geraldine Kennedy left journalism to pursue a career in politics and was elected as a TD for the Progressive Democrats. However, her political career was to be short lived as she lost her seat after just one term.  

Geraldine Kennedy now replaces Conor Brady as editor of The Irish Times as he retires after fifteen years in the position. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 11 October 2002. The reporter is Eileen Whelan.