Sunday 23 April 2017

Chameleon Yates will come back in another guise

As he looks back at the many lives of media star Ivan Yates so far, Liam Collins has no doubt the gambling man will return from his sabbatical

Ivan Yates. Photo: Frank McGrath
Ivan Yates. Photo: Frank McGrath
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

He's 56 years of age and we haven't heard the last of him, but in what guise he returns to public life remains to be seen.

Wealthy young farmer, TD at 21, government minister, millionaire businessman, bankrupt, media star - and that's just a flavour of the many lives of gambling man Ivan Yates.

The statement was terse, he and his wife Deirdre were "taking a sabbatical" from next July, she from her job as a primary school teacher, he from a busy media career as host of Newstalk's Breakfast Show, a weekly column in the Irish Independent and as a much sought-after dinner speaker.

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