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RTÉ Withholds Contractual Details of Former Executives

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The national broadcaster, RTÉ, has declined to provide the Public Accounts Committee with the contractual specifics concerning its three former executives. This decision has raised questions and concerns regarding transparency and accountability within the organization.

Documents Withheld by RTÉ

Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Brian Stanley, revealed that committee members had received various documents during the week. However, he pointed out that RTÉ had chosen to withhold some crucial documents, which are deemed essential for the committee’s inquiry.

Key Omissions in the Documents

Stanley highlighted the absence of vital information, stating, “There’s a number of documents that we didn’t get, very important ones that actually we didn’t get. [They were] – and I can confirm this to you – the terms and conditions of the voluntary exit package for Geraldine O’Leary, the former head of commercial at RTÉ, and Breda O’Keeffe, the former chief financial officer, her exit package. We have been refused that.”

Dee Forbes’ Contract Also Withheld

In addition to the contractual details of O’Leary and O’Keeffe, RTÉ has also declined to provide the contract of Dee Forbes, the former director-general of the broadcaster. The committee has expressed its eagerness to engage with Forbes to gain insights into the ongoing issues at RTÉ.

Committee’s Upcoming Actions

Brian Stanley announced that invitations would be extended to Geraldine O’Leary, Breda O’Keeffe, and Dee Forbes to appear before the committee during the scheduled session on October 5. The committee is eager to gather essential information directly from these individuals who played pivotal roles in RTÉ’s operations.

Exploring Legal Options

Given RTÉ’s decision to withhold critical documentation, the Public Accounts Committee is now considering seeking legal counsel to address the matter. This step underscores the committee’s commitment to ensuring transparency and accountability in the handling of public funds and resources.

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