RTE newsroom journalist and author Stephen Nolan recently interviewed the late Mark Daly, who left the Newsroom in 2000.
Mark Daly died in January, 2016, at the age of 91.
I asked Stephen Nolan about Mark Daly and the RTA’s recent decision to remove him from the RTS website.
“It’s the worst thing I’ve ever heard,” said Stephen Nolan.
“Mark was a terrific journalist and I’ve worked with him for 20 years.
But we’ve never worked together.
He was an incredibly talented writer.
He had the unique ability to tell stories in a way that didn’t make sense to the audience.
His books were always funny and his stories were always interesting.
He would write a story and he would ask you to read the piece and then he would go back to the next page and ask you again.
Mark Daly was not a man who got angry.
It’s difficult for people to talk about his death and what happened.
But it was a very sad loss to our community.
We’ve all had our moments of grief, but for the most part we’ve come to terms with the fact that Mark’s death has not been our fault.
In my experience, Mark’s books were brilliant and I was fortunate to work with him.
A few years ago, Mark was very well respected by the RTR and I’m sure he will be remembered fondly for his stories and his wit.
RTE Newsrooms were built around Mark’s stories.
They were created to be entertaining and entertaining, and Mark’s book was a perfect example of that.
Today’s RTS newsrooms don’t seem to be built around the stories Mark was so fond of.
They seem to thrive on his legacy.
The RTA is now the only organisation in Ireland to have a Mark Daly memorial website.
Mark’s son, Tom, was the founder of the site and now runs the blog with his wife, Joanne.
You can read more about Mark’s legacy in our Mark’s book blog.