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02nd Jul 2023

Brendan O’Connor says Tubridy scandal has made people ‘feel foolish’

Brendan O’Connor addressed the controversy on his RTÉ radio show.

Brendan O’Connor has spoken out against the Ryan Tubridy payment scandal and said the ordeal has left people feeling foolish.

The broadcaster addressed the controversy on his RTÉ Radio 1 show.

O’Connor said, “A lot of people wanted to talk to me about this in the last week and we hear a lot that people are very angry.

“I think with a lot of people there’s something slightly more subtle in a way than anger going on,” he shared.

O’Connor continued, “I think people feel foolish, I think a lot of people, like ordinary people out there, license fee payers and so on, feel that they were made fools of by some people.”

O’Connor said the controversy is “a hard one for people”. However, he agreed that people are also feeling hurt, as well as angry.

He said being “made feel foolish is not a nice thing”.

O’Connor’s remarks come after he confirmed his annual salary is €245,004. He received the same salary in 2021.

The broadcaster is one of many big names in RTÉ who has publicly revealed their salary following the Tubridy scandal.

Claire Byrne, Miriam O’Callaghan, and Joe Duffy have also declared their earnings publicly in the last week.