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BBC Breakfast journalist Kate Varley ‘looking forward’ to new Morning Ireland gig

“Looking forward to new challenges at Morning Ireland (and finally moving back to Ireland after more than a decade away eeeks)”.

Kate (centre) with colleagues

Neil FetherstonhaughSunday World

Fans and colleagues of the well-known BBC Breakfast journalist Kate Varley have been wishing her well after she announced she has quit her high-profile role to take up a job on RTE radio.

The producer and journalist is returning to Ireland after a decade away to start a new gig at Morning Ireland

Kate shared a photo of the BBC Breakfast cast on Twitter, with the group gathered around the iconic red sofas as she announced the news she was leaving after four and a half years to join RTE Radio One’s Morning Ireland.

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The photo showed Kate in the middle of the sofa, surrounded by colleagues from the show, including presenters Naga Munchetty, Charlie Stayt and Mike Bushell.

“Saying goodbye to this brilliant team this week. BBC Breakfast thanks for an incredible 4.5 years - I’ll miss you,” she wrote.

She added: “Looking forward to new challenges at Morning Ireland (and finally moving back to Ireland after more than a decade away eeeks)”.

Naga and some of her co-stars from BBC Breakfast have been among those bidding farewell to one of their colleagues who has left the show this week.

The presenter (47) has commented on the departure of colleague Kate

"You will be greatly missed. 1 more to go..."

Teasing that they would be seeing each other the following day, Kate replied: "Thanks Naga. Feels very real now! See you in the morning (I'm bringing treats)".

Fellow presenter Jon Kay, 53, tweeted in response to the initial post: "We'll miss you right back! You've been brilliant on Breakfast, Kate. Thank you - and all the best at RTE".

BBC weather presenter Matt Taylor said: "Aw Kate - wish I'd been there to see you off. [...] You've been a joy, even when you were chopping my time. Good luck!"

And the post also prompted a response from former BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker, 45 - who departed the show last year and now fronts the news for Channel 5.

He tweeted: "All the best Kate. Where are you off to?" Later noticing her follow-up tweet about her new job, he added: "Oooh… I've just seen MORNING IRELAND! Great stuff".

Kate responded by saying: "Thanks Dan. Finally making my way back home!" And she expressed hope that "all is well" for her former colleague at Channel 5.

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