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Caitriona Perry

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Your hero of 2017? For me it’s heroes rather than one hero – ‘The White Helmets’ of the Syrian Civil Defence. These volunteers are putting their own lives at risk to save thousands of others on a daily (and nightly) basis in one of the most dangerous conflict zones on earth, while the internatio­nal community appears powerless to bring an end to the violence. Their bravery and courage is breathtaki­ng, and many of them have paid the ultimate price for helping their fellow humans.

Villain of 2017? Again it’s a plural here. It’s the combinatio­n of people responsibl­e for the deaths of 34 journalist­s killed doing their jobs this year. We need a free and fair media to ensure we have free and fair democracie­s, and any attempt to silence those doing their jobs is abhorrent.

Best personal moment? Definitely getting the opportunit­y to write my first book. Then seeing it on bookshelve­s in Ireland and here in the US, and having people actually buying it. It’s a personal achievemen­t that I never thought would happen and one I’m very proud of it.

Best movie?

Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Amy Adams. It’s an absolute masterpiec­e of film-making, and one of those stories that you can’t stop thinking about long after you leave the cinema.

Best TV programme?

Game Of Thrones. It continues to hook you and pull you in. There are so many strong female characters as well, which sets it apart from other shows. But I cannot believe we have to wait until 2019 to find out how it’s all going to end.

Best book?

In America – Tales From Trump Country, of course! (But I would say that wouldn’t I!)

Best thing about the year? Having the incredible privilege as a journalist to witness first-hand one of the most dramatic presidenci­es in US history. I eat and sleep internatio­nal politics, so to have had the opportunit­y to do the job that I do in this crazy time has been exhilarati­ng.

Your hope for next year? To take the Irish institutio­n that is the

SixOne News and make it bigger and better, along with my new co-anchor Keelin Shanley.

What tickled your funnybone?

Veep – it’s laugh-out-loud funny.

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