Naturally I have been keeping an eye on the goings on in the news.
And the news here seems to be dedicated to the shenanigans in RTE. There can be mutinies in Russia or submarines sinking elsewhere but there is only one topic in Ireland.
As the days go by we here about mysterious “consultancy fees” and a Barter Account [whatever that is] to pay extra monies to Twiglet Tubridy. Normally he would have been paid through Artists Fees [did I mention I worked on the payroll systems?] but that account wasn’t enough apparently.
Another thing is the confusion over who agreed the contract with Tubridy. At one point it was mentioned that the Director General herself negotiated it which raises one very important question – what the fuck is it that makes Tubridy so special? He’s reasonable as a light entertainer though he frequently acts as if he’s close to a cocaine overdose. Why is he so special that he can demand fees of over half a million [at a time when pay cuts are rife in RTE] and get special attention from the DG?
Then there’s the question of the DG herself.
Dee Forbes’s contract was to end next month [in the second week of July] and she decided to take annual leave. Then she was suspended. Then she resigned Then she was sacked. Then she was sick. This is all remarkably coincidental and convenient as it meant she could be blamed for everything and can’t be compelled to appear before an inquiry. I believe the appropriate expression is that she was thrown under a bus?
So what is the story behind her annual leave/suspension/sacking? It is remarkably difficult to be sacked from RTE. Their way around this is to suggest voluntary resignation in such a manner that it can’t be refused. So how did they persuade the DG to accept leave/suspension/sacking without any fuss whatsoever? This is merely my own suspicion but it wouldn’t surprise me if there is suddenly another big hole in RTE’s finances paid out as consultancy or “barter”.
The irony here is that the Board of Management is being grilled by the gubmint to expose corruption
It takes a thief to catch a thief
Bestest friends – The [ex] DG and Twiglet