News archive 2010
15 October 2010
“It is with great sadness that I heard the news this morning of the death of Jim Dougal. I participated in an extensive UTV interview with Jim on 9 September last, just ahead of the Holy Father’s pilgrimage to Britain. Jim, as always, was professional and courteous in his approach. Before we started our discussion Jim spoke to me about his family – it was heart warming to hear how much he loved his wife Deirdre and their children. I spoke to Deirdre earlier this week and she was hopeful even at this most difficult time. It was clear to me that Jim’s happiness as a person was inspired by the loving support that he received from his wonderful family.
“Jim Dougal was a role model in our society. His reputation was that of a hard working journalist who meticulously prepared for each project. Throughout his wide career in the broadcast media and in the public service in Ireland and Britain, Jim’s integrity, objectivity and fairness, placed him at the top of his profession.
“Jim Dougal personified exemplary standards in journalism and in the public service, and this will be his abiding legacy to all of us.
“I extend my sincerest sympathies to Jim’s family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”
Martin Long, Director of Communications 086 172 7678
Brenda Drumm, Communications Officer 087 310 4444