Sunday 24 September 2017

Declan Lynch: Let's send in Pat, first among equals

We should deploy Pat Kenny, our vital natural resource, against the enemy, writes Declan Lynch

HIS name might be Pat, but no Paddy he. For a long time now, it has been clear that Pat Kenny is different to most other Irish men, if not indeed to all other Irish people who have ever lived.

Pat has this thing called self-esteem. And a couple of recent stories merely confirmed that he has always had it, and that it remains undiminished.

In John Bowman's history of RTE, Window and Mirror, he quotes material from the archives of the RTE Authority which suggests that Pat, then presenting Kenny Live, argued that he should be on the same money as Gay Byrne. The then director-general, TV Finn, is reported as saying that Pat "feels very strong about the Gay Byrne thing", arguing essentially that he was better than Gaybo and therefore should not be getting paid less than him.

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