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Saturday 16 December 2017

Pat Kenny: 'I've seen RTE employees have fisticuffs in the pub'

Pat Kenny.
Pat Kenny.
Jeremy Clarkson returns to his home in west London
Pat Kenny

It seems that ructions between staff of a national broadcaster are not exclusive to the BBC as former RTE stalwart Pat Kenny has revealed he was witness to a number of fracas in his time there.

Speaking to Ivan Yates and Chris Donoghue on Newstalk yesterday morning about the current Jeremy Clarkson controversy, Pat said he previously saw "fisticuffs" between employees at RTE.

"I mean I would compare RTE to the BBC and over the years I have seen fisticuffs," he said.

"In Madigan's pub, famously, I saw a producer kick one of the bosses.

"Now drink had been taken. It's not okay, but sometimes ructions happen and people dust themselves down and they apologise or go to rehab or whatever," he added.

RTE told the Herald that they had "nothing to add" in response to his comment, saying that they would leave "the swashbuckling tales to Pat".

Meanwhile, North Yorkshire Police have spoken to potential witnesses to the fracas which cost Clarkson his job at the BBC, saying they "have a duty to investigate" what happened.

Clarkson's Top Gear contract has not been renewed by the BBC after an internal investigation found he attacked show producer Oisin Tymon after an angry - and lengthy tirade - in a hotel in the county.

In a statement, the force said they had been contacted by "concerned members of the public" asking what action they were taking.

"No-one who was present at the hotel during the incident came forward to report an offence to the police," they said.

"Nonetheless, we have a duty to investigate where we believe an offence might have been committed and that is what we have been doing with this case.

"We have already spoken to some people who were in the hotel at the time, but there are still others we need to speak to, who could help us determine exactly what happened.

"Also, as is usual in these circumstances, we have made contact with Mr Tymon through his lawyers, to ask him to speak to us so we can ascertain how he wishes to pursue this matter.

"When these routine inquiries are completed, we will be able to assess whether or not further action needs to be taken from a police perspective.

"Meanwhile, we'd like to reassure the public that the matter is in hand and we are dealing with it responsibly and proportionately."

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