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Wednesday 18 January 2017

George hints at summer return to RTE


Published 21/04/2010 | 05:00

FORMER politician and RTE economics editor George Lee last night gave his first public lecture since he resigned from politics -- and promptly refused to answer questions on politics.

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The journalist indicated he could be back on TV screens by the end of the summer, but pointed out that discussions with RTE were ongoing.

At a lecture to University of Limerick students on 'Ireland's Economic Collapse: Where to Now?' Mr Lee said politics was a difficult subject matter for him to discuss since his resignation from Fine Gael in February.

Before he gave last night's lecture to third-level students -- including journalism undergraduates -- Mr Lee refused to answer questions from the waiting media and said he would not discuss politics.

When asked by a member of the audience if he was restricted in Fine Gael, and why he couldn't work with the party to bring about change, he said politics was a "difficult subject matter for me at the moment to get into in any big way".

"Obviously I would have felt and thought similarly as I do now 12 months ago. Where it was possible I would have made clear that I had an opinion."

"I clearly was at variance with Fine Gael's policy on a number of occasions, as was highlighted by some people, so I haven't changed from start to finish and neither have they and that's all I can say," he said.

Negotiations between Mr Lee and RTE are ongoing since he resigned as a TD in February.

When asked when he would return to the screen, Mr Lee said: "My understanding is there would be a six-month moratorium from the time I left politics until I was back on the screen. That would be August."

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