ONE of the giants of Irish journalism has passed away. Pat Sweeney was a former industrial affairs correspondent with RTE and was also press officer with the employer’s body, IBEC after he retired from the State broadcaster. He started his career in the Kilkenny People newspaper and after a short stint in Cork joined the Evening Herald as Labour Affairs correspondent.
The 72-year-old had been battling illness for some time and died in hospital overnight.
Former editor of the Kilkenny People, Sean Hurley, a close friend of Mr Sweeney’s, said he had an immaculate shorthand note and was unique in being able to come straight out of a meeting he was covering and do a live report for television on his shorthand notes only. “He also had the ability to simplify and make the most complex story understandable for the listener or reader,” Mr Hurley said.