Statement by Minister Martin following Grant Thornton report
Statement by Minister Catherine Martin following publication by RTÉ of Grant Thornton report into the publicly stated fees paid to presenter Ryan Tubridy from 2017 to 2019
I welcome the publication by RTÉ of the report by Grant Thornton into the understatement by RTÉ of the fees paid to presenter Ryan Tubridy for the years 2017 to 2019.
The report highlights further lapses in governance and failure of proper internal controls and processes within RTÉ, which are deeply concerning.
I have spoken to the Chair and stressed the need for RTÉ to act with urgency to address these lapses and ensure that robust processes are put in place without delay. This is essential to restore the trust and confidence which is expected of a public service broadcaster. It is also of key importance that RTÉ co-operates fully with the Oireachtas Committees which have been examining these matters.
The Chair has committed to a programme of reforms within RTÉ and in addition, the Expert Advisory Committees which I established last month will continue with their important work. A copy of this Grant Thornton report will be provided to the Expert Advisory Committee on Governance and Culture so that they may consider its findings as part of their examination of the wider governance structures and culture within RTÉ, and bring recommendations to ensure best practice is adopted.
My Department has also appointed Crowe Advisory Ireland for the provision of professional services to support each of the Expert Advisory Committees. My officials continue to also support the work of the Committees.