A well known television face is that of county Sligo born Tommy Gorman. Educated at Summerhill College and from there he went to the College of Journalism in Rathmines in Dublin.
Following his education he started his career as a journalist with the Western Journal in county Mayo, going on to join RTE in 1980 where he has worked as a journalist in their news and current affairs department.
In 1989, Tomy moved to Brussels to become European Editor where he stayed until being made Northern Ireland news editor for RTE television in 2001.
Over the years Tommy Gorman has gained tremendous recognition for his personal interviews with figures such as Sean Quinn, Gerry Adams and the footballer Roy Keane after he had quit during the build-up to the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and during which Gorman had begged Keane to return.
Unfortunetely his life hasn’t all been plain sailing, as in 2001 he announced on RTE television, that he had been suffering with cancer for eight years, and was being treated for an advanced carcinoid tumour. Tommy was one of only 100 people with the condition in Ireland at the time.
Tommie discovered that he was entitled, an as EU citizen, to be treated in Sweden on the basis that the treatment was not available in Ireland, and after receiving treatment there for 19 years, he is noe “thankfully” cancer free.
Tommy was awarded with European of the Year in 2001 for his work on radio and television reports on European Union institutions, with the award being presented to him in Dublin by President Mary McAleese.
In 2005 Tommy Gorman was named as the 9th in the list of RTE’s top earner’s, with a salary of 200,367.