Denis Murray, the BBC‘s veteran Ireland correspondent, is to retire.
Murray, 57, began his career with the Belfast Telegraph in 1975 and then moved to Irish broadcaster RTE, where he stayed from 1977 to 1982.
He then became the BBC’s Dublin correspondent and, after that, BBC Northern Ireland political correspondent.
In 1988 he became BBC Ireland Correspondent and has spent the last 20 years covering the Northern Ireland Troubles through to the peace process that followed.
He was awarded an OBE for services to journalism in 1997 and the same year was also Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year.
Murray said he was taking the opportunity to retire as Ireland as a world story ‘winds down”.
He said: “I always say that as a BBC journalist I’d love to be on the news programmes three days a week. But as a citizen, if all I’ve got to report is that nothing out of the ordinary happened today, then that’s what I’d call a break-even day.
“I think I still have a lot to offer in terms of experience, knowledge and how a peace process in a deeply divided society can work.