Keelin Shanley, the Six One presenter and journalist, has passed away at the age of 51.

Shanley took over as the host of the Six One News in early 2018 alongside Caitriona Perry, becoming the first all-female duo to present the news programme. Shanley, however, stepped away from the programme following her cancer diagnosis.

In a statement, RTÉ News MD Jon Williams said that "for Keelin, the story was never about her - always about others. Her legacy of over 20 years journalism with RTÉ saw her help tell the stories of so many often marginalised."

RTÉ Director-General Dee Forbes described Shanley as "a passionate and dedicated public service journalist" who had "an expertise that challenged and probed as well as an ease that endeared her to all."

Already, tributes have poured in online for Shanley and her family.