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Tributes to Gerry Ryan

Tributes are being paid to the Irish broadcaster, Gerry Ryan, who has died aged 53.

PRESIDENT OF IRELAND MARY MCALEESE

"Gerry was an extraordinarily talented broadcaster whose unique communication skills and larger than life persona entertained and enlivened a national audience over many years.

"His untimely death will be widely mourned, by his fellow colleagues at RTE and his many fans, but most especially by his family and friends who are in my thoughts and prayers."

IRISH PRIME MINISTER BRIAN COWEN

"Gerry was a household name and a broadcaster of immense talent and popularity.

His legion of fans will all be greatly shocked to hear this sad news. He was one of the greats of modern Irish broadcasting on radio and television.

As a broadcaster, Gerry Ryan was both informed and intelligent, forthright and articulate.

As a man, he was generous, famously irreverent and witty. I had the pleasure of meeting him many times, both in front of and away from the microphone.

He was always engaging company and a man of considerable charm. He will be hugely missed by all those who had the good fortune to know him."

RTE BROADCASTER AND FRIEND JOE DUFFY

"He was the best company you could ever have. He was bold in every sense of the meaning of that word.

He was brave in his broadcasting, he was brave in his life, he lived his life to the full. He was bold in the sense of being cheeky, bold in the sense of being arrogant, bold in the sense that you loved hanging around with the bold schoolboy in your class."

RTE DIRECTOR GENERAL CATHAL GOAN

"We have lost a broadcasting colleague whose presence, voice and work defined a broadcasting genre in Ireland and defined a generation.

"Those who had the privilege of working with him will have a sense of bewilderment at the suddenness of his leaving us, and an abiding affection for a broadcaster who was a one-off."

FORMER IRISH PRIME MINISTER BERTIE AHERN

"I have known Gerry over many years and I'm deeply shocked to hear news of his untimely death today.

"Gerry was a giant of Irish broadcasting for over 30 years. He had an incredible personality which won over the hearts and minds of many Irish people, evidenced by his legion of fans.

"He was an accomplished presenter and a gifted communicator."

RTE BROADCASTER DAVE FANNING

"Within two months of going on air in the day time, he was the biggest thing in Irish broadcasting.

"He took to it like a duck to water and more importantly the listeners took to him like a duck to water and to say he revolutionised broadcasting in Ireland would be a very small way of putting it"

RTE STATEMENT

"It is with profound sadness that RTE has learned of the sudden death of broadcaster Gerry Ryan.

The thoughts and prayers of all RTE staff are with Gerry Ryan's family and his friends.

Morah and his children are in complete shock. Please respect their privacy at this time."

GREEN PARTY LEADER AND ENVIRONMENT MINISTER JOHN GORMLEY

"His ability as a broadcaster to take both the serious and light-hearted stories was second to none.

His good humour concealed a keen intellect and a commitment to straight journalism - he was a fair and accurate commentator.

His death is a tragic loss for the viewers and listeners of Ireland."

INDEPENDENT BROADCASTERS OF IRELAND

"A great voice has been lost to Irish radio and the entire industry is deeply saddened to lose one of Ireland's most professional broadcasters."



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