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Colleagues pay tribute to slain Irish journalist

25 June 2011

Irish colleagues have paid tribute to Eugene Moloney. The former Irish Independent journalist died after a violent incident in Dublin city centre at the weekend.

Eugene Moloney (55) was a former member of Independent Newspapers chapel. In a statement, the NUJ recalled Eugene;s long association with the chapel and his lively participation in chapel meetings.

Séamus Dooley, Irish Secretary, said:

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Eugene Moloney as they come to terms with his senseless killing. Eugene was a vibrant, enthusiastic journalist with an engaging personality and a genuine passion for news-gathering. His death comes as a shock to his family, to his journalistic colleagues and to a wide circle of friends.
"Eugene could be relied upon to enliven whatever company he was in and was a regular contributor to debates within the NUJ chapel at the Irish Independent. He embraced life fully and had an abiding interest in music and travel. The death of a colleague who had so much to offer, at such a young age is a tragedy and an immense loss.
"Whenever one met Eugene he was planning his next trip. He was imbued with enthusiasm and a zest for life. On a personal basis I have many happy memories of working alongside Eugene on late night shifts in the Indo, which were sometimes followed by late night socialising with colleagues from other newspapers."

Eugene's former colleagues at Independent House also paid tribute in a statement issued by Michael Brennan, the father of the chapel at Independent Newspapers.

Michael described him as a popular colleague noted for his reliability and consistency in covering The Troubles for the Irish News, Belfast and later for the Evening Herald and Irish Independent.

Colleagues variously described Eugene as an old-school hack and a happy-go-lucky person with a love of music and a fund of stories. His generosity was recalled also, with many remembering gestures of kindness such as bringing a takeaway meal and a bottle of brandy to a colleague who was in hospital in case she disliked the hospital food.

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