Morning Ireland

Morning Ireland

Monday - Friday, 07.00 - 09.00

Rachael English

Rachael English is from Shannon, and can actually remember her first ever report for Morning Ireland which was on Clare's appearance in the 1992 All Ireland football semi-final (they were beaten by the Dubs).

Before joining RTÉ, she worked for Clare FM in Ennis and, before that, she did a BA in Communication Studies in DCU.

During her time in RTÉ, she has read the news on 2FM, and worked as a reporter on the News at One, on television news and on Today with Pat Kenny. For six years, she presented the evening news programme, Five Seven Live. From that time there is one day that stands out - the hours spent covering the unfolding events in New York and Washington on September the 11th 2001.

Rachael has co-hosted all of RTÉ's election coverage since 2002.

Rachael's most memorable professional experience was being in Stormont on the day the Good Friday Agreement was signed. Covering the 2004 Athens Olympic Games was another highlight, perhaps because it was so different from her usual beat. Her most memorable experience on Morning Ireland - so far - has been interviewing the Central Bank Governor, Patrick Honohan, on the morning he announced that Ireland would need a bailout from the IMF.

Rachael has always been a radio obsessive and likes listening to all types of radio. She also enjoys going to sports events - especially hurling.

She is the author of four novels, Going BackEach and Every One, The American Girl and The Night of the Party

Morning Ireland

Programme Highlights

More Irish people leaving Ireland than returning

Cian McCormack speaks to people about how rents and quality of life drove them from both Dublin and Ireland

Museum of Literature Ireland opens to public

Sinéad Crowley, Arts and Media Correspondent, visits a new museum which aims to showcase Irish literature from the classics up to the present day

Irish students lead third country-wide climate strike

Saoirse Exton, a 14 year-old from Limerick, and Gráinne O'Sullivan, a 15-year-old from Co Wicklow, explain why they're taking part in the Global Day of Action on Climate Change

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