Cork DJ Neil Prendeville - the radio apology
Cork 96fm DJ Neil Prendeville has appeared on air to apologise for allegedly performing a sex act on himself on an Aer Lingus flight.
He was on a flight from London to Cork on the evening of 19 October when he was reported to have exposed himself and started to masterbate. He was sitting with a male passenger on one side and a female on the other. Because he was in a front row seat, the 49-year-old was also facing a pair of air hostesses.
One of the air hostesses approached Prendeville, and the airline later prepared a report about what happened which is being referred to gardaÃ.
Prendevilleâ€™s radio show clocks up a daily listenership of up to 100,000.
In the wake of the incident, Prendeville is believed to have left a voicemail on the phone of the woman who was sitting next to him at the time. He has been quoted in the media as saying, â€œI took some Nurofen Plus alright, I know that, for my neck. And as you know, with me anyway there was pints and wine and stuff and Jesus I donâ€™t know where Iâ€™d begin to make it up to you.â€
He also claimed that he could not remember the incident and was shocked to hear about it. Prendeville also warned people against the dangers of mixing painkillers and alcohol.
He went on Cork 96fm on Wednesday morning after the story broken to make an emotional statement in which he apologised to his family, the staff at the radio station and the people of Cork.
You can hear his apology by clicking the play button at the top of this page.