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There Will Be A Tribute To Marian Finucane On Tonight's Late Late Show

A true loss.

The show, which returns tonight on RTÉ One at 9.35 pm, will include interviews with a number of her contemporaries and friends.

Tonight's Late Late Show will feature a tribute to the late broadcaster Marian Finucane.

Women’s rights advocate and RTÉ broadcaster Marian Finucane died suddenly in her home on Thursday. The news of her passing came as a shock to people all over Ireland, with celebrities and politicians paying tribute to the late 69-year-old on Twitter.

Tonight, adding to the tributes, the Late Late Show will feature a segment detailing Finucane's immeasurable contribution to Irish society and culture, as well as a series of interviews with her friends and contemporaries.

Finucane's passing was announced by RTÉ yesterday evening,who said that they were sharing the news with "profound shock and sadness."

"Marian was a broadcaster of immense capability; a household name, she was first and foremost a tenacious journalist with a zeal for breaking new ground," said RTÉ Director General Dee Forbes.

"From Women Today to Liveline to her weekday radio show on Radio 1 and, latterly, her enormously popular Saturday and Sunday radio programme, she tackled the big social issues of the day with command and insight.

"Multi-skilled, she forged a distinguished career on television, as well as undertaking significant charity work in Africa. Ireland has lost a unique voice. RTÉ has lost a beloved colleague. My sincere and heartfelt sympathies to her husband John and son Jack."

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Marian had a long and varied career; first studying architecture in Bolton Street before joining RTÉ as a continuity announcer in 1974. She became a presenter two years later. She began hosting her own show, Women Today, in 1979, later going on to become the first presenter of Ireland's most famous radio talk show Liveline. 

The Late Late Show airs tonight on RTÉ One at 9.35 pm.

Meanwhile, The Marian Finucane Show on RTÉ Radio 1 will be presented by Rachael English on Saturday morning.

The two-hour programme will feature tributes from Ireland and around the world from colleagues and friends and will be looking back on some of her best moments in broadcasting.

Brendan O'Connor will present on Sunday morning. 

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