Bird, Charlie

Charlie Bird (1949- ) is a journalist and broadcaster from Dublin.

Having joined RTÉ as a researcher in current affairs in 1974 Charlie Bird began his career with RTÉ News in 1980.

As a reporter he covered stories such as the imprisonment of Columban missionary Father Niall O'Brien in the Philippines, political upheavals, and the peace process in Northern Ireland. For many years he was the point of contact between the state broadcaster and the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

In 1998 together with fellow RTÉ journalist George Lee he exposed corrupt practices and tax evasion at National Irish Bank. In the wake of the revelations, he was one of the parties sued for libel by former Fianna Fáil TD Beverly Cooper Flynn, which failed and Charlie Bird was vindicated.

2009 saw him take up the post of Washington Correspondent with RTÉ News, before returning to his position as Chief News Correspondent. He retired from RTÉ in 2012.