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RTÉ veteran journalist Jim Fahy has died following a short illness.

The 75-year-old was the broadcaster's longest serving regional correspondent, when he retired on New Year's Eve in 2011.

He was appointed to the role of Western Editor in 2005 and was based at RTÉ's Galway studio.

Tributes for the newscaster remembering him for his work flooded in online,

Managing Director of RTÉ Jon Williams said: “All of us @rtenews deeply saddened by Jim Fahy’s passing. "

"A giant of journalism & RTE. As Western editor & correspondent, from Eamon Casey, to Don Tidy & Knock airport, it was Jim who told Ireland, while his documentaries brought the world closer. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam”

Minister for State Hildegarde Naughton said: “RIP Jim Fahy. He was at the heart of every story in Galway & the West for decades. He served the public so well and will be missed. Condolences to his family.”

RTÉ journalist Samantha Libereri shared her fond memories of the Galway man: “When I worked overnight shifts in my early days in RTÉ, Jim Fahy would regularly call in at all hours, with stories from his region.”

“He lived and loved his job. He was a giant of TV journalism. And kind and encouraging to all who came after him. Thinking of his family and friends.”

Ingrid Miley shared: “I am so so sorry to hear of the passing of Jim Fahy. The voice of the West covering so many stories for decades. An absolutely wonderful colleague and friend for many many years. May he rest in peace.”

Reporter Joan O’Sullivan added: “Jim Fahy was one of the hardest working, most public spirited journalists I’ve ever met. He so kind & so dedicated. A constant inspiration….a giant in more than just physical stature. We’ll miss you so much Jim.”

“Always lovely to meet Jim Fahy. He loved regular folks, the open air and the open road (or waterway). A lovely man. Rest in Peace Jim,” said John Creedon.

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Born James Fahy in 1946, he began his career in The Tuam Herald before moving to RTE in 1974 where he was their first Western News Correspondent.

During his career he covered major events such as the opening of Knock Airport, the IRA kidnapping of Don Tidey and Bishop Eamon Casey’s controversial affair.

He was also at the scene of the 9/11 attacks where he profiled the Irish-American victims of the tragedy.

In 2002, his documentary Stories from the Twin Towers, won a gold medal at the New York Festivals Television Programming Awards.

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