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Yesterday, it was confirmed that Muireann O'Connell would take the place of Al Porter on Today FM's lunchtime slot – an announcement that was met with delight from both broadcasters and listeners, alike.

In November of last year after a number of sexual misconduct allegations, Al Porter made the decision to resign from his roles on Today FM and Blind Date.

In the wake of Muireann's appointment, the Tallaght-native was asked his opinion on the broadcaster set to take his place on the popular radio station, and wasted no time emphasising his support for the Limerick presenter.

Speaking to The Irish Star, the 25-year-old insisted that he felt the station had made the right decision, saying: "The minute I saw the news I texted Today FM's station manager Adelle to tell Muireann I think she'll be great and wish her the best."

With allegations of sexual misconduct still fresh in the public's mind, the comedian and presenter acknowledged the gravity of the situation and reiterated that he considered it appropriate to step down in the wake of the scandal.

"I wasn't asked to resign from any of my jobs, I took that step away myself, facing the very serious claims made," he added. "There are no hard feelings."

Keith McCormack, CEO of Today FM, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Muireann to the daytime line up on Today FM."

"Listeners will already be familiar with Muireann from her various roles on the station, notably her hugely successful ‘Saturday Hits’ show.”

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Muireann O'Connell has been confirmed as the new presenter of Today FM's lunchtime slot.

The broadcaster, who was originally drafted in on a temporary basis in November 2017, will permanently replace the show's previous host, Al Porter, who stepped down in the wake of allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

Muireann, who is best-known for co-hosting The Six O'Clock Show on TV3, is no stranger to the Irish airwaves.

With over 12 years of broadcasting experience, the Limerick native has worked with a number of radio station including Spin South West and Dublin's 98FM.

Commenting on the news, Muireann said, "I have loved Today FM for as long as I remember and the idea of ever getting to work here was something I never imagined would happen. I love this place and everyone who works here and I can’t wait to get stuck in.”

Keith McCormack, CEO of Today FM, also said: “We’re delighted to welcome Muireann to the daytime line up on Today FM. Listeners will already be familiar with Muireann from her various roles on the station, notably her hugely successful ‘Saturday Hits’ show.”

“Muireann is an extremely talented broadcaster and presenter and on behalf of the Today FM team, I’d like to extend our best wishes to her as she takes up the midday mantel. We have big plans in 2018 for the station and look forward to sharing these with our listeners.”

Muireann's new show will run from 12pm to 1.30pm daily on Today FM. 

We can't wait to listen!

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Al Porter has resigned as the host of the lunchtime show on Today FM with immediate effect.

His decision comes following a string of allegations against the broadcaster claiming that he acted inappropriately towards a number of fellow comedians at various events over the past five years.

In a statement issued this evening, Al claimed that his conduct was “in keeping with [his] flamboyant and outrageous public persona.”

Read the full statement below: 

"I have been completely taken aback by reports in the media and on the social networks over the weekend, and by the scale and tone of the vitriol. While my conduct, which had been in keeping with my flamboyant and outrageous public persona may be regarded as offensive and unacceptable by many people, I at no time intended to upset anyone.

"Up until now, I had been unaware of these complaints or the impact of my conduct and I am truly sorry for any distress I may have caused in what I had regarded as light-hearted and good-natured circumstances.

"Although, on legal advice, I cannot comment on specific allegations at the present time, I nonetheless sincerely apologise to anyone I may have genuinely offended.

"I am very grateful to Today FM, the Olympia Panto and TV3 for the space and time I’ve been granted to deal with the situation. I have however come to the personal decision that I need time away from the spotlight after decades in the entertainment industry. I have informed Today FM that I am resigning from the station with immediate effect.

"To my family, colleagues, friends and fans I thank you for your many, many messages of support."

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Al Porter is to take some “personal time” away from his Today FM radio show following claims of inappropriate sexual behaviour.

Earlier this week, the comedy star turned broadcaster was accused of groping and harassing four fellow comedians at various events over the past five years.

The 24-year-old has yet to comment on the allegations, though Today FM did respond to the situation in a statement released last night.

“In light of recent event, Today FM and Al Porter have agreed that Al will take some personal time from his lunchtime radio show,” it read.

Adding: “No further comment will be made by Today FM at this time.”

As host of the TV3 series Blind Date, the station have also announced that it would cancel the repeat broadcast of the finale in the wake of the allegations.

TV3 takes any allegations of this nature very seriously and has decided that it would be inappropriate to broadcast the repeat of the final episode of Blind Date scheduled for Sunday evening,” a spokesperson said.

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Coronas frontman Danny O'Reilly is set to join Today FM as part of the station's new weekend lineup.

The Heroes or Ghosts singer – who previously dated TV presenter Laura Whitmore – will host his own eight-week series which will focus on the role music plays in the lives some of Ireland's best known faces.

Former 2FM DJ, Hector Ó hEochagáin, will also have his own show on Sundays called Hector’s Sunday Sitting Room.

Describing his new venture, Hector said: “I’ll be bringing the craic and keeping listeners company as they journey home on Sunday evenings, all to the backdrop of an eclectic upbeat soundtrack."

"Just think of it as Hector’s Sunday Sitting Room and the key is in the door – you’re all invited!” 

Today FM's new schedule will start Saturday July 2.

Feat image: vipireland.com

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GAA star and fashion aficionado Paul Galvin is now a married man, after tying the knot to his long-term love Louise Duffy today.

Shortly before heading to the church, Louise took to Instagram to share an oh-so sweet throwback snap of herself and Paul, simply captioning it 'My boy.' D'aaaw.

The pair braved a windy day in Crossmolina, the hometown of Today FM presenter Louise, to tie the knot in a traditional Catholic ceremony.

Louise walked down the aisle of St Tiernan's Church – the same church where she made her First Communion and Confirmation – wearing a stunning lace gown by Irish designer Kathy de Stafford.

She accessorised with simple silver and blue jewellery from Dublin-based Juvi Designs.

 

Something new, and blue from @juvidesigns x

A photo posted by Louise Duffy (@louiseduffyshow) on

As for Paul, he used the opportunity to show off some of his Dunnes Stores menswear collection, wearing a three-piece black suit which is currently available in-store. Handy!

The newlyweds left the church under a hurley-laden guard of honour, before heading to Beleek Castle to celebrate with their 200 guests.

Speaking about her wedding plans recently, Louise said she was excited to be able to combine New Year's Eve and her post-wedding bash.

"The place we're getting married in is just beautiful, but for New Year's Eve, I want it to be magical with lights and candles and everything," she told Irish Country Magazine.

As for her stunning dress, the bride was keen to keep things traditional. "It’s better to put your own stamp on it but have something that will remain beautiful and not be annoyed and try and hide my album in years to come," she said.

And looking at today's gorgeous snaps, we doubt Louise will have anything to hide.

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Morning radio got VERY interesting today, when Irish actor Colin Farrell appeared on Ian Dempsey's breakfast show on Today FM. 

Ian and the Today FM gang are currently in Los Angeles to cover this year's Special Olympics World Summer Games, and Colin popped into the studio for a chat… and an unusual task.

If you didn't already know, rugby pundit George Hook is in the process of writing a novel (an erotic one no less), and he recently admitted that he'd love to see Colin Farrell taking the lead role if a film adaptation ever comes about.

Ian took the opportunity to test out Colin's suitability for the role by getting him to read an excerpt from the novel, and to show off his George Hook impersonation while he was at it:

George has revealed that his novel's working title is Slav For Love, though we prefer Colin's suggestion, Fifty Shades of Grump.

Chatting about the book's plot on his radio show, The Right Hook, the broadcaster said it involved a WWII-era young Polish woman who was "despoiled" by German soldiers. Charming.

When asked if it was comparable with the record breaking Fifty Shades trilogy, he said his work will be "more Tolstoy than EL James" adding, "First of all it’s well written – it has full stops, commas, and paragraphs."

We're not sure what we're more nervous about – the book, or the film adaptation…

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Some very sad news from the world of Irish radio today as it's been confirmed that host Tony Fenton has passed away aged 53.

Tony had been battling prostate cancer for quite some time but he was due to return to his Today FM show later this year.

Last March, Tony was given the all-clear but unfortunately his cancer returned just a few months later.

Tributes have been pouring in from Tony's colleagues and friends via Twitter:

Our thoughts are with Tony's family and the staff at Today FM today. 

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Dermot and Dave have made their move from 98fm to Today FM, so we knew there’d be a few funny ads coming out to tell everyone to tune in – however, Twitter was NOT happy when they saw this one:

People felt the ad, which showed their faces in a bra, was sexist, and they had no qualms about letting the duo know how they felt:

Some people, however, thought it was all a bit of an over-reaction:

A spokesperson for Today FM has also defended the ad, and explained that it's all just a bit of fun: "It’s not meant to be taken so seriously. The ‘Double D’ is obviously a play on a bra cup size and the ‘double d’ that is Dermot and Dave. I think when people tune into Dermot and Dave today, they’ll appreciate that the lads don’t take themselves too seriously either."

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Today FM’s Dave Moore took to twitter last night to announce the news that he is going to be a dad again – and this time it’s twins!

The radio presenter shared a snap of his wife’s scan, which shows that, yes, there are definitely two babies in there!

Dave already has two children with his wife Tracy Sheridan, so what’s two more really?

He’ll be kept busy over the next year with the addition to his family along with his new job in Today FM. The radio star made the move to the national broadcaster early this summer and will debut his show, with co-host Dermot Whelan, next month. 

Congratulations guys, we hope you'll be investing in some hilarious twin t-shirts like these – such a wasted opportunity otherwise!

 

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Some would say that being by choosing to work on the radio, your your bound to get some stick every now and again. The presenters at Today FM have had enough and decided it’s time to get back at their haters and play them at their own game. Watch this video for more!

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It’s the end of an era at the Today FM studios today as Jenny Kelly announced her departure after 14 years with the station.

Jenny is married to radio presenter Ray D’Arcy, with whom she has presented The Ray D’Arcy Show.

The presenter made the decision to leave the show and spend more time with their two children, Kate (8) and Tom (2), saying: “I came back to work in January and I decided after 14 years working on the show, give or take a baby or two, that I wanted to spend a bit more time with the kids.”

We’ll miss Jenny on the radio but at least she will be doing what she really wants to do.

Good luck, Jenny!

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