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Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave won't appear on Late Late Show - despite RTE announcing him as guest

Paddy Cosgrave Co Founder and CEO speaking at the Web Summit at the RDS.
Pic Steve Humphreys
4th November 2015.
Paddy Cosgrave Co Founder and CEO speaking at the Web Summit at the RDS. Pic Steve Humphreys 4th November 2015.
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

The co-founder of the Web Summit, Paddy Cosgrave, has declined an invitation to appear on The Late Late Show tonight.

Mr Cosgrave, who was expected to appear on RTE’s flagship programme, will attend a Web Summit dinner for tech company founders instead, a spokesman for the Web Summit said.

The revelation comes despite RTE announcing he would appear as a guest in two separate press releases.

One issued on Wednesday initially announced he would appear - a second earlier this evening also confirmed him on the final guest list.

Last night RTE issued a statement saying Mr Cosgrave had confirmed his attendance in writing to the broadcaster.

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"Earlier this week The Late Late Show team contacted Paddy Cosgrave and invited him to appear on Friday night's programme.

"He confirmed in writing at that point that he had accepted the invitation.

"It is Mr Cosgrave's right to decide that he no longer wants to appear on the programme."

However it added that the slot would remain open should he again change his mind.

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"We are disappointed that he has now decided not to appear, however, the spot remains open should he change his mind."

An interview on RTE’s Morning Ireland programme earlier this week sparked controversy when Mr Cosgrave accused the government of telling “lies” about its Web Summit involvements.

Mr Cosgrave was due to appear live on the RTE News on Tuesday evening but pulled out, with his co-founder Daire Hickey subsequently being grilled by Sharon Ni Bheolain about the move to Lisbon and looking decidedly uncomfortable.

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But today, Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy appeared to offer conciliatory remarks toward Mr Cosgrave.

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"They're living in a world where ambition, creativity and cajones are considered admirable and celebrated," Mr Tubridy said of Mr Cosgrave and the Web Summit organisers.

"They've come to Ireland - we're a nation of wing-clippers. Honestly if we see wings spanning out too much, we'll clip them, and I think they're suffering from that. I think the media need to back off a little bit. I also think the Web Summit guys might need to rein their necks in a little. And we could have peace and love and get this back here where it belongs."

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