Taoiseach remembers 'giant of broadcasting' Mike Burns following his death

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Mike Burns was head of news with RTÉ before becoming London editor.
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Former RTÉ journalist Mike Burns has been remembered by Taoiseach Micheál Martin following the broadcaster's death, aged 84.

Burns held the position of head of news during his time at RTÉ, before becoming its London editor.

Mr Martin tweeted his condolences on Saturday evening, calling Burns "kind and courteous", adding his coverage of the Troubles "made a real difference".

Burns received an MBE for his service to UK-Irish relations in 2004.

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"Very saddened to hear of the passing of Mike Burns, a giant of broadcasting," the Taoiseach tweeted.

"Kind and courteous, his pioneering RTÉ shows like This Week and the News at One left a lasting legacy.

"His analysis of The Troubles and work on UK-Irish relations made a real difference that will endure," Mr Martin added.

RTÉ confirmed the news of Burns' death on Saturday evening, tweeting: "Mike Burns, a titan of Irish broadcast journalism and RTÉ news, has sadly dies in Dublin aged 84."

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