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Sean O’Rourke to return to RTÉ two years after Golfgate scandal

He will present a new show called Two Tribes, which RTÉ says follows the “diverging paths” taken by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in the post-civil war landscape.

Sean O’Rourke

Neasa CumiskeySunday World

Sean O'Rourke is returning to RTÉ as a radio host two years after the "Golfgate”controversy.

He will present a new show called Two Tribes, which RTÉ says follows the “diverging paths” taken by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in the post-civil war landscape.

The former Radio 1 presenter officially retired from RTÉ in May 2020 after 7 years at the station and was in talks to continue working with the broadcaster on future projects.

However, future opportunities were shelved when it emerged that he was in attendance at the controversial Oireachtas Golf Society dinner held in Clifden, Co Galway in August 2020 while strict Covid restrictions were in place.

O'Rourke said in a statement at the time: “I spent many years with RTÉ presenting programmes on which public figures were called to account for their actions.

“Now I must call myself to account. The right course is to set aside our plans for my return to the airwaves.”

Today’s announcement from RTÉ is part of the unveiling of their new autumn schedule.

The station announced that a new current affairs show, Monday Night Live, will replace Claire Byrne Live after the broadcaster decided to step down from her popular slot in May.

Monday Night Live is an eight-part panel series which will discuss the major issues affecting people right across the country, including the cost-of-living crisis, the housing shortage, childcare, and climate change. More details will be announced next month.


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