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Thursday 18 September 2014

Ivan Yates: ‘Get Angela Merkel gift vouchers for Karl Henry for her 60th birthday'

Published 17/07/2014 | 08:06

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Ivan Yates, inset Angela Merkel

Newstalk Breakfast host Ivan Yates has said Angela Merkel should get “Karl Henry vouchers” for her birthday.

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The Newstalk host was discussing a German journalist’s decision to sing happy birthday to Merkel overnight in Brussels.

Newstalks Breakfast presenter Ivan Yates
Newstalks Breakfast presenter Ivan Yates

The embarrassing clip saw the journalist attempt to cajole his fellow journalists to accompany him on a tribute to the German leader. 

Merkel is celebrating her sixtieth birthday today and it led to an ill-advised quip from former politician Yates.  

“Do you know what I think we should give her? Gift vouchers to Karl Henry”, Yates said to silence from his co-host Chris Donoghue.

The Breakfast host had been chatting about Merkel’s previous birthday celebrations.

When she turned 50th, Merkel treated her birthday guests to a science lecture.

However listeners were quick to admonish Yates.

‘Catherine’ tweeted into the show to say: “Angela Merkel is one of the most important women in the world and most powerful politicans in Europe and for her birthday, Ivan Yates suggest gym vouchers? Stay classy.”

Ivan proceeded to dig himself in deeper bizarrely by claiming that Merkel “won the World Cup”.

“She did win the World Cup, she was there cheering on the lads on Sunday.”

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