Friday 28 October 2016

'We need to bring something like Children in Need back to RTE' - Ryan Tubridy

Elaine McCahill

Published 19/11/2015 | 10:35

Ryan Tubridy
Ryan Tubridy

Broadcaster Ryan Tubridy wants the Children in Need telethon to come to Ireland.

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The Late Late Show host said poverty levels in Ireland have reached a crisis point where "children are doing their homework in a hotel room and it's not right".

"That's Strumpet City not Dublin city in 2015. It has to stop," he told the Herald.

"I think we need to bring something like Children in Need back to RTE.

"If they did a telethon in the not-too-distant future, I would do 12 hours on the trot, just to get it going and to lead by example.

"They raised almost €50m in the UK last weekend. Imagine how many people we could help if we did it here," he added.

Meanwhile, Tubs is in full preparations for next week's Toy Show.

"I'm in full dance rehearsals, too, and getting classes - which have me very fit," he said. "I'm not a natural - I never danced as a teenager. I thought I was going to die an hour into the classes.

"I'll be singing again ... it's going to be good and very, very big."

Ryan was speaking at the launch of St Vincent de Paul's (SVP) annual appeal.

Kieran Stafford, SVP national vice-president said they give people "a hand-up rather than a hand-out".

"We want to emphasise that we are here primarily to help people over a hard time and a little help at the right time can change everything for someone in crisis."


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