It is with great sadness that I learned today of the death of Gay Byrne with whom I had the pleasure of working alongside on the Late Late Show.
Gay Byrne had a gift for his chosen career of broadcasting. He was a great listener. The debate was never about him and his most memorable interviews are those in which he said very little but allowed the interviewee to do all the talking.
He had a powerful work ethic and kept a close eye on the smallest of details.
He absorbed a verbal briefing like no other and kept his research team on their toes for fear of disappointing him!
Gay has left an enormous and very proud legacy to his family with whom I express my deepest condolences on his death, to his wife Kathleen, daughters Susie and Crona, and his extended family.