Senior RTÉ newscaster Eileen Dunne has retired after more than 40 years on air.

The Nine O'Clock News presenter signed off from her final broadcast this evening saying: "It's been an honour and a privilege ... see you on the other side."

She thanked her family and colleagues who "sustained" her adding, "and to you the viewers, thank you for your support, especially during those turbulent Covid years".

The broadcaster joined RTÉ in 1980 as a radio continuity announcer and moved to the newsroom in 1984.

Eileen has anchored all the main Irish TV news programmes during her career, including the One O'Clock News, Six One News and in most recent years, the Nine O'Clock News, as well as radio news bulletins on RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ Lyric FM.

Eileen Dunne presented the Nine O'Clock News in recent years (Pics: RTÉ Stills Library)
RTÉ newscaster Eileen Dunne pictured in 2015

She has also presented coverage of major global news stories and State occasions, including the official State commemorations of the 1916 Rising and State funerals.

Having started her career on radio, she continued her passion, presenting other programmes such as the 'God Slot' on RTÉ Radio 1, as well as music programmes on RTÉ Lyric FM over many years.

Eileen Dunne in 1994

Eileen is Secretary of the Irish section of the Association of European Journalists and served as International President of the association between 2010 and 2014.

She is also a Director of the Kennedy Summer School in New Ross, Co Wexford.

A native of Dublin, she is the daughter of the late Mick Dunne, RTÉ's first Gaelic Games Correspondent, and has a keen interest in sport.

Eileen is married to the actor Macdara Ó Fátharta (Ros na Rún) and they have one son, Cormac, who is in his 20s.

Eileen in 1989
Eileen taking part in The Lyrics Board in 1993
Taking part in Telethon' 92