Get to know the 3News Ireland team

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With over 8,000 journalists in the MediaHQ database, it can be difficult to keep track of everyone working in the Irish media industry. We’ve decided to make getting to know the people you’re pitching to a little easier by introducing you to the teams behind your favourite news shows. This time we’re giving you the scoop on the journalists who bring you 3News Ireland on TV3, which has seen some changes since the station’s acquisition of UTV. 


Mick McCaffrey — Head of 3News

Mick McCaffrey is Head of 3News Ireland. Prior to this, he was news editor of UTV Ireland in October 2014.  Before that, he was an award-winning investigative journalist at the Sunday World and the news editor for the Sunday Tribune.

Brian Daly — Executive Producer

Brian has been working in television for many years now and was previously the Ireland correspondent for Sky News before moving over to TV3. He graduated from NUIG with a BA in English and Economics.

Joe Walsh – News Editor

Joe Walsh is the News Editor for 3News.

Colette Fitzpatrick — Senior News Anchor

Colette has had an extensive career in television and radio broadcasting and has won many awards in her field. With a journalism degree from DIT Aungier Street, she has previously worked at East Coast FM and Today FM before entering the TV3 newsroom in 2001.

She has been a news anchor since 2006 and has anchored a number of special news programmes including a 5-hour broadcast on Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to the country. She interviewed Donald Trump in 2014 prior to his decision to run for office. Colette also previously presented for Newstalk but resigned in February this year to return to TV3 full-time. She now presents the station’s flagship news bulletins at 12.30 and 5.30.

Gareth O’Connor — Executive Producer

Gareth is the Executive News Producer at 3News He previously worked a news and sports reporter for Radio NOVA. He spent 20 years working at RTE radio and television and was Managing Editor of News at Today FM. He has also worked at Storyful as Manager of News Gathering.

Deborah Naylor – Producer

Deborah is a producer with 3News who previously worked with UTV and in radio with Northern Sound FM. She has a Masters in Journalism from Dublin City University.

Siobhan Bastible — Anchor/Reporter

Siobhan Bastible originally studied English and Medieval History at Trinity College Dublin. Her career in journalism began as a researcher on TV3’s Agenda.

Siobhan then worked as a reporter for Newstalk and TodayFM before going back to TV3– this time in front of the cameras. She has been a reporter and anchor there now for over a decade.

Geraldine Lynagh — Anchor/Reporter

Geraldine Lynagh began working as a freelance journalist in 2001 and a full-time journalist by 2002. She began her career in radio before moving on to television, where she now splits her time between reporting and anchoring.

Caroline Twohig — Anchor/Reporter

Caroline began at TV3 as a researcher and then a producer before becoming a reporter and anchor.

Gavan Reilly – Political Correspondent

Gavan Reilly is a political correspondent and new addition to 3News. He previously worked at, TodayFM and Newstalk.

Fergal O’Brien – Senior Correspondent

Fergal is a senior news correspondent and has been with TV3 since 2014. He previously worked for TodayFM and Newstalk.

Sarah O’Connor – Crime Correspondent

Sarah is a crime and courts correspondent with TV3. She was previously both a news and courts reporter with UTV. Sarah holds a diploma in journalism from NUI Galway and an MA in criminology from Dublin Institute of Technology.

Paul Colgan – Business and Economics Correspondent

Paul Colgan is a Business and Economics Correspondent for 3News. Previously he was Economics Editor for UTV, an RTE Journalist and writer for the Sunday Business Post.

Paul has a BA in Political Science from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Journalism from DIT.

Paul Byrne – Southern Correspondent

Paul is a southern news correspondent and reporter from Co. Cork.

Eric Clarke – Mid-Western Reporter

Eric Clarke is the Mid-Western reporter for 3News. He has had an extensive career in journalism having worked at both UTV and Limerick’s Live 95FM.

Laura Hogan – Reporter

Laura is a news reporter with 3 News Ireland. She began her career in 2009 as a researcher for TV3, later becoming an associate producer for the station. While working for TV3, Laura has also worked as a news anchor for East Coast FM and a newsreader for Today FM. She is a graduate of Journalism at DCU.

Michael Ryan – Reporter

Michael Ryan is a reporter for 3 News and news reader for TV3’s IrelandAM. He previously worked on TV3’s social affairs programme MidWeek. Prior to that, he worked for Dublin’s 98FM and TodayFM.

Aisling Ni Choisdealbha – Reporter

Aisling is a reporter with 3News Ireland in Dublin.

Zara King – Reporter

Zara began her career in radio for Beat 102-103 and iRadio. She joined Newstalk in 2013 and then worked at UTV in 2014. She is a reporter for 3News.

Ruairi Carroll – Senior Reporter/Producer

Ruairi is a senior reporter and producer with 3News who has previously worked with FM104 and Spin1038.

Eric Clarke – Mid-Western Reporter

Eric Clarke is the Mid-Western reporter for 3News. He has had an extensive career in journalism having worked at both UTV and Limerick’s Live 95FM.

3News Ireland broadcasts on TV3 at 12.30pm and 5.30pm, and on be3 at 7.00pm and 10.00pm.

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