RTÉ sports commentator Marty Morrissey has apologised after admitting to accepting the “informal” use of a car in return for being a master of ceremonies at a dozen Renault events.
In a statement released on Thursday, Mr Morrissey said he was asked in 2017 to emcee 12 functions in garages across Ireland for the motoring brand, which involved interviewing several high-profile GAA personalities.
He said that he received permission to do so from RTÉ and did not seek a fee.
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— Marty Morrissey (@MartyM_RTE) July 6, 2023
Mr Morrissey said he returned the car “voluntarily” on June 23rd after reflecting on the controversy at RTÉ around payments to fellow presenter Ryan Tubridy, and concluding that the “ad hoc” arrangement was “an error of judgement”.
The national broadcaster’s interim deputy director-general, Adrian Lynch, told the Media Committee on Wednesday that he was aware of one RTÉ staff member who had been given the use of a car for five years, and told senators that the vehicle was returned the day before the hearing, on July 4th.
Mr Morrissey said: “I have apologised to RTÉ, my managers and colleagues for any embarrassment or difficulty I have caused them because of this matter.
“I also apologise to any of our viewers and listeners who may feel let down by my actions.
“It was never my intention to let anyone down, least of all myself.”
By Gráinne Ní Aodha, PA
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