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clarity Senator insists RTÉ must explain why Andrew McGinley was dropped from Late Late Show

The grieving dad of three was due to appear on the show in October


Doting Dad Andrew McGinley with his children Conor (9), Darragh (7) and Carla (3)

Doting Dad Andrew McGinley with his children Conor (9), Darragh (7) and Carla (3)

Doting Dad Andrew McGinley with his children Conor (9), Darragh (7) and Carla (3)

Seantor Micheál Carrigy has said that RTÉ must explain why they removed Andrew McGinley from the Late Late show at the last minute.

The grieving father of three was due to appear on the show on October 8th to raise funds for his charity As Darragh Did.

Senator Micheál Carrigy, Fine Gael Seanad Media Spokesperson, has called for the broadcaster to give clarity on the matter: “We are hearing today that Andrew McGinley, father of the late Conor, Darragh and Carla, was pulled from appearing on the Late Late Show last month after RTÉ received communication objecting to his appearance. “

“Andrew McGinley is known by many across the country for his charity work and social media through which he keeps the memory of his young children alive.”

“He was due to be a guest on the Late Late Show on October 8th to announce plans for a fundraising concert but said just hours before the show that he would not be appearing.”

“According to reports in the media today, he was pulled from the show due to an objection to his appearance received by RTÉ. This seems to have been against the will of Mr McGinley and raises questions regarding the reasons behind RTÉ’s decision.

It was reported that Andrew was removed from the line up after the broadcaster received an objection to his appearance.

“I was informed by RTÉ that they had received a letter which said that it could be a painful and traumatic experience to see me talking about Conor, Darragh and Carla on the Late Late Show,” Andrew told the Irish Independent.

“Many people who knew the children well were looking forward to the show, especially many of the kids’ friends who were being allowed to stay up to watch them being talked about with Ryan.”

“I would have been conscious of that but I only speak with love when I talk about Conor, Darragh and Carla.”

Senator Carrigy asked if it was the standard practice for RTÉ to pull guests due to complaints received by the public.

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“How many complaints have they received in relation to other guests, and have they taken similar actions as a result of these communications? Should this not just be an editorial matter for the Late Late staff rather than for members of the public to decide who appears on the show?” he asked.

“RTÉ has so far refused to comment on this issue, but they must now come out and outline their exact reasoning for their decision to remove Mr McGinley from the show,” Carrigy continued, further stating: “Full transparency and clarity is needed when it comes to the actions of our national broadcaster.”

Taking to Twitter, Andrew said today: “I’m so sorry if anyone finds it painful to hear me talk about Conor, Darragh and Carla. But it’s all I have and all that I’m left with.”

In another tweet he added: “Until my last breath I will never stop talking about Conor, Darragh and Carla.”

All three children died at home on January 24th 2020. In May, their mother, Deirdre Morley was found not guilty of their murders by reason of insanity and committed to the Central Mental Hospital.

As Darragh Did is a charity set up in memory of Andrew’s son Darragh aged 7. The charity aims to fund local clubs, groups and projects with donations to be used to encourage participation in sports, as Darragh was involved with GAA and Hurling.

Andrew also set up Conor’s Clips on YouTube to fulfil his nine-year-old son Conor’s dream of having his own YouTube channel.

Andrew’s 3-year-old daughter wanted to build a snowman, but because it doesn’t snow in Ireland very often, Mr McGinley organised a colouring competition ‘Snowman for Carla’.

The Late Late show had no comment when contacted by Sunday World.

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