Doireann Garrihy Departs RTÉ 2FM Amid Speculation Over New Rules

Irish radio presenter Doireann Garrihy announces her departure from RTÉ 2FM's breakfast show after five years. Her exit sparks speculation about other stars potentially leaving due to new Register of Interest rules introduced in February 2024.

author-image
Nitish Verma
New Update
Doireann Garrihy Departs RTÉ 2FM Amid Speculation Over New Rules

Doireann Garrihy Departs RTÉ 2FM Amid Speculation Over New Rules

Irish radio presenter Doireann Garrihy has announced her departure from RTÉ 2FM's breakfast show after five years, sparking speculation about other stars potentially leaving the station due to new Register of Interest rules introduced in February 2024.

Garrihy, 31, broke the news on Instagram, expressing gratitude for the "phenomenal" support she received. "It's so funny, you can just be so stumped by support sometimes," she said. "Thank you so much. It is such a lovely feeling to know that people have your back and are like, 'go for it.'"

Garrihy joined 2FM in 2019, initially hosting the breakfast show alongside Eoghan McDermott. After McDermott's departure in 2021, she was paired up with Carl Mullan and Donncha O'Callaghan. The trio won Best Radio Show at The Gossies in March 2024.

In addition to her radio work, Garrihy is a popular podcaster, co-hosting "Doireann and Friends" and "The Laughs Of Your Life." She is also an influencer with over 327,000 followers on Instagram and co-hosts RTÉ's Dancing with the Stars alongside Jennifer Zamparelli.

Garrihy's move has fueled speculation that other star names, including Zamparelli, may also leave RTÉ due to the new Register of Interest rules. These rules, introduced on February 1, 2024, require presenters to seek permission to promote outside companies and declare all side gigs.

An RTÉ source noted that the rules involve "having to ask permission for, and declare, every side gig they do. All lucrative side gigs at that." Garrihy's company, Doireann Enterprises, saw its profits jump from €423,730 to €532,494 in a year, largely attributed to her various projects outside of radio.

Zamparelli, who presents her own show on 2FM and co-hosts Dancing With The Stars with Garrihy, has been on an extended break for over a month. This has further fueled speculation about her future at the station, with an RTÉ source stating that "all eyes are on Jennifer Zamparelli now" and questioning why she hasn't returned to air.

The new Register of Interest rules also include a Register of External Activities and a Register of Gifts, meaning any gift worth more than €100 must be returned or becomes the property of RTÉ. As high-profile presenters grapple with these changes, the Irish radio landscape may see further shifts in the coming months.

Key Takeaways

  • Irish radio presenter Doireann Garrihy leaves RTÉ 2FM's breakfast show after 5 years.
  • Garrihy's departure sparks speculation about other stars leaving due to new Register of Interest rules.
  • New rules require presenters to declare side gigs and seek permission to promote outside companies.
  • Jennifer Zamparelli's extended break fuels speculation about her future at RTÉ.
  • New rules may lead to further changes in the Irish radio landscape in coming months.