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Baz set for 2FM return but won't say sorry to listeners

RTE broadcaster Baz Ashmawy looks set to return to work this weekend following his four-week suspension from the airwaves.

The 2fm star is due back on air with co-host Lucy Kennedy next Saturday, April 2, after his conviction for drink driving in an incident last month.

The 35-year-old was arrested following a collision in Rathmines on February 25.

Father-of-one Ashmawy had posted pictures on Twitter of himself drinking in a city pub earlier in the evening.

He broadcast his show the following weekend but RTE bosses promptly suspended him from his radio job for a month without pay.

A spokesperson for RTE said it is "unlikely" that Baz will make a public apology to listeners.

Incident

The former How Low Can You Go presenter received a two-year ban from driving and a €350 fine as a result of the incident when he appeared before Dublin District Court earlier this month. He had pleaded guilty to the charge of drink driving.

Following his court hearing Baz released a statement saying that "driving with excess alcohol was unacceptable".

"The arrest took place following a minor collision with a parked vehicle when parking my own car. There was no damage to either vehicle and no one was injured in the incident.

"While I await due process, I unreservedly acknowledge that driving with excess alcohol was unacceptable on my behalf.

"I want to offer my sincere apologies to the third party and An Garda Siochana involved in this matter for the inconvenience caused.

"I also wish to apologise to my partner, our family, RTE, all my colleagues and, indeed, my listeners. As a father and a public broadcaster it is up to me to show a greater example."

lnolan@herald.ie