RTÉ’s Dave Fanning has apologised for branding the Oireachtas Committee meetings over the recent payments scandal a “nonsensical Oireachtas Nuremberg trial” in promoting his interviews with the late great Rory Gallagher upon what was the 75th birthday of the late guitarist.
The original tweet which was promoting his radio show as a “distraction” from the hearings has been deleted.
I want to apologise unreservedly to the Oireachtas Committee for my ill judged comment regarding this weeks hearings. There was no intention to trivialise the proceedings.
— Dave Fanning (@davefanning) July 13, 2023
The issue was raised today by Labour TD Alan Kelly who asked a to whether it was appropriate.
The newly installed RTÉ Director General Kevin Bakhurst responded: “is not appropriate from my point of view.”
He continued to say, “the work of this Committee has been incredibly important to try to” get to the bottom of the RTÉ over-payments scandal.
It follow another apology issued by the veteran jock on twitter after caustic comments about the late Christy Dignam on the Clare Byrne radio show on RTÉ and to his influence and standing after the recent death of the Aslan frontman.
I listened back to my bit on the radio about Christy Dignam feeling that it wasn’t perhaps as bad as some comments have made out. Comments were right, I was wrong – it was bad. I was trying to highlight some deeper issues in Ireland during the eighties and I totally missed the…
— Dave Fanning (@davefanning) June 20, 2023