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Friday 22 September 2017

Whelan: I'm not frightened of working into my 70s

Laura Butler

Laura Butler

VETERAN broadcaster Marty Whelan has insisted he plans to continue working until he's in his 70s.

The 56-year-old has had a number of setbacks at RTE over the years.

In 2004, his popular afternoon programme 'Open House' was axed, despite six successful seasons on the air.

In addition, he was replaced by Ryan Tubridy as master of ceremonies at the Rose of Tralee in 2003 and his RTE 2FM radio show 'Marty in the Morning' was dropped in 2007.

Mr Whelan, who is now at the helm of 'Winning Streak' and has a weekday morning slot on Lyric FM, told the Irish Independent that he hopes to push back retirement for as long as possible.

The Carlow-born host said he will not be availing of RTE's voluntary redundancy and retirement packages -- something reportedly being considered by his colleague Richard Crowley.

"I'm not considering any packages and I don't think I will be for a while. They wouldn't be offering me much of a package anyway.

"I love what I do and I'll keep working until I'm in my mid-70s," he said.

The father-of-two said he will be sad to see Mr Crowley leave 'Prime Time' in December.

Asked if he planned to read Melanie Verwoerd's book about his late friend Gerry Ryan, Mr Whelan said: "No, I don't. Everyone's free to make their own minds up and do whatever they want to do. I just don't need to read it."

Irish Independent

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