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24th Oct 2023

Ryan Tubridy drops out of making first public appearance since pay scandal

Stephen Porzio


While Tubridy has stayed in the news since June, he has not made any public appearances.

Ryan Tubridy has backed out of making his first public appearance since the much-publicised RTÉ secret payment scandal broke last June.

This controversy stemmed from the revelation that the presenter’s earnings for several years had been understated by the broadcaster.

During the following August, the Director-General of RTÉ Kevin Bakhurst confirmed that Tubridy would not be coming back to his RTÉ Radio 1 show.

Since the scandal, Tubridy has stayed in the news thanks to appearing in front of an Oireachtas committee, his posts on social media and his UK visit which saw him spend time with British broadcasters Chris Evans and Piers Morgan – all the while many wonder what will be next for the former RTÉ presenter.

That said, since June, Tubridy has made no public appearances – though this was set to change this week.


Ryan Tubridy drops out of making first public appearance since pay scandal

The presenter was to be the keynote speaker at the Women & Agriculture Conference taking place on Wednesday (25 October) at the Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny.

As part of the appearance, he had been scheduled to chat with Ciara Leahy, consumer editor at Irish Country Living, about his career, with their conversation planned to be focused around the conference’s theme of “finding the balance”.

However, Leahy told The Irish Times on Tuesday morning that Tubridy had “unfortunately” backed out of being the event’s keynote speaker due to personal reasons.

Instead, she said broadcasters Brendan Courtney and Sile Seoige will both now speak at the event, also stating that the conference is “completely sold out”.

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