Saturday 22 July 2017

Michael O'Doherty: Statue squabble does nothing but damage late Gerry Ryan's memory

Gerry Ryan
Gerry Ryan
Gerry Ryan
2fm DJs DJs, including Larry Gogan, Marty Whelan (centre) and Gerry Ryan (overcoat) pose with cars, in a shot taken for the RTE Guide in 1982
Gerry Ryan and Melanie Verwoerd

More than four years after his death, it looks like the issue of how to honour the memory of Gerry Ryan is close to being resolved.

Though not for the first time his former girlfriend, Melanie Verwoerd, has been forthright with her views.

RTE has had to move to contradict reports that it was planning to spend €70k on a life-size tribute to Gerry, revealing instead that their commemoration will take the shape of an engraved tile, costing a much more modest €5k.

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