Ryan Tubridy has issued a statement after it was revealed that RTÉ paid the presenter an additional €345,000.
In a statement this evening, the broadcaster said he is “surprised” by the revelation.
He also said that the errors are “unfortunate” but stressed that he has no involvement in RTÉ’s internal accounting treatment.
His statement reads:
“Like many people, I’m surprised by the announcements made in RTÉ’s statement today regarding the errors in the reporting of its accounts,” he said this evening.
“It is unfortunate that these errors are in relation to how RTÉ have reported payments made to me but I just want to be clear: this is a matter for RTÉ and I have no involvement in RTÉ’s internal accounting treatment or RTÉ’s public declarations in connection with such payments.
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“Obviously, I’m disappointed to be at the centre of this story but unfortunately, I can’t shed any light on why RTÉ treated these payments in the way that they did nor can I answer for their mistakes in this regard.”
Earlier today, RTÉ revealed that between 2017 and 2022 Tubridy received a series of payments in addition to his agreed salary.
The series of payments total €345,000 above his annual published salary. Tubridy, a contractor who is paid through his company Tuttle Productions Ltd, is currently paid €440,000 per year, an 11% drop from his salary highs in 2019 when he was paid €495,000 and €466,250 in 2020.