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Sunday 16 December 2018

Twink blames RTE for Gerry's stress

ADDICTION: One worker treated over drugs - RTE

PANTO star Twink has blamed RTE for the stress Gerry Ryan was suffering in the weeks before his death.

She hit out at Montrose chiefs, saying that the late star confided in her about the stress that work was causing him and described RTE as "appalling".

"Not only after he died, but during his life, Gerry's big thing was RTE and his bank. They were all bastards, he said. The stress and the pressure, he told me," she said.

"Every single morning before he went on the air or that night, we chatted for a minimum of an hour," the actress revealed Meanwhile, RTE has said just one of its employees has been treated for drug addiction in recent years.

In the wake of radio star Gerry Ryan's death due to cocaine, RTE says it helped to provide counselling for one staff member, after it emerged that the public servant had a drugs problem.

But under the Freedom of Information Act, RTE revealed that none of its staff members has been officially warned or disciplined for consuming illegal drugs at work.

It said the member of staff who was treated for drug addiction in 2006 has since left RTE and cannot be named due to confidentiality.

"That member of staff has since left RTE. The identity of that former staff member is confidential. No current staff member has been provided with counselling in respect of an addiction to illegal drugs."

The State broadcaster has had no "internal correspondence" relating to the use of illegal drugs among staff, freelancers, contributors or visitors to RTE premises, it said.

The question of drug use in RTE was raised after Gerry Ryan's inquest revealed he died from cocaine consumption.

Gerry's former boss John Clarke, said the the DJ's coke problem was an "open secret".

Mr Clarke denied claims that Ryan took cocaine in RTE or broadcast under the influence.

And the State broadcaster refused to break its silence on the outcome of Gerry Ryan's inquest, amid a public outcry.

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