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'basic respect' Louise McSharry hits back at RTE radio boss over comments about her departure from 2FM

Dan Healy said McSharry should 'take responsibility for her own actions'

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Louise McSharry has hit back at comments made by radio boss Dan Healy about her departure from 2FM.

The 39-year-old left RTE in October after 11 years, and was not given the opportunity to present her final two shows and say goodbye to her audience, something she has been vocally upset about.

During a recent interview with Irish Independent’s Weekend Magazine, McSharry said she “felt like a piece of trash” after her show was axed and criticised how the station handled her departure.

In a follow up interview with Irish Daily Mirror, Healy said that the former presenter should “take responsibility for [her] own actions."

“I didn’t read the article and that is being honest. The reality is, in the last couple of weeks we put quite a few presenters into different day parts around the schedule and that is tough,” he said.

Responding to claims made by Louise that she wasn’t allowed to host her final shows because she announced she was leaving the station before RTE told her to, he said: “All I’ll say is things happened very quickly there that we weren’t expecting that now so in that week I spoke to five people.

“And spoke to their agents, and by the time we have done that bit and agreed things then normally we would meet the talent but things moved, and she said as I understand from others, that she said in the article that she released her statement although she had agreed something with us.

“So she moved fast, faster than I thought. I was enjoying my coffee having gone to my GP and got into the car and my phone buzzed.”

“So take responsibility for your own actions too sometimes,” he added.

Taking to Twitter, Louise furiously hit back at her former colleague.

“I’m very sorry to go on about this but I was not given right of reply here (which RTÉ were given in plenty of time ahead of the singular interview I gave about this) so I have to respond here,” she began.

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“I was told on Tuesday my contract was not being renewed. I was told they would follow my lead in terms of announcement, but that I needed to keep it a secret in the meantime,” she explained.

“That day I submitted the statement I planned to release and said I wanted to do it on Friday. The response was very slow, and eventually I was told they wanted me to wait a further week.

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“This meant that I would a) have to be alone with this news, b) do my show that weekend and have planning meetings with my team, who were totally unawares, pretending everything was normal.”

“And c) I would have had to wait for the inevitable leak to the papers and ended up responding to a story instead of announcing my own departure and managing a difficult situation in the way that felt best to me,” she continued.

Louise said she wanted to afford her team of producers a ‘basic respect’ by telling them the news.

“My team, only two people who worked unbelievably hard to develop my show with me through two of the most difficult years of our collective lives deserved to know. It’s basic respect,” she continued.

“I deserved to seek support from friends and family in such a personally difficult situation. Not forced to be silent ‘in case of leaks’ as I was instructed.

“I did what I felt was the only option to me, and shared the news in a very respectful manner.

“Clearly this was not in line with whatever announcements or strategy my former boss had in mind, but in this situation I felt it was appropriate to look after myself.

“I have never been anything but professional and respectful of RTÉ up to this point, and I will absolutely not allow Dan Healy to suggest I’m responsible for the way I have been treated as he died [sic] in this article saying: ‘So take responsibility for your own actions too sometimes'."

“Truly I had not planned on speaking any more about any of this, but I have to say my piece when he’s chosen to speak about me in this way,” she added.

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