IFTAs defend claims that Brendan O'Carroll paid €2,500 to attend tonight's ceremony
The IFTAs have defended reports that Mrs Brown's Boys star Brendan O'Carroll forked out €2,500 so that the show's cast members could attend Friday night's awards ceremony.
Reports in The Sun newspaper today state that the Irish actor and comedian had forked out €2,500 for tickets so that each cast member of Mrs Brown's Boys could attend the awards ceremony in Dublin's Double Tree Hotel.
The cost breaks down to €250-per-head for each member and it includes dinner on the night.
Speaking to the newspaper, Rory Cowan said he "feels sorry" for other shows who couldn't afford to send their cast to Friday night's Irish Film and Televison Awards (IFTAs), which will be hosted by Amanda Byram.
A spokesperson for the IFTA press office responded: "Each nominee and their guest are invited as guests of IFTA to attend the ceremony. Tickets can be purchased by members of the industry, and are priced at €250 each."
Comedy-favourite Mrs Brown's Boys is expected to take home three awards on the night, including Best Male Performance for Brendan O'Carroll.
There are 24 categories in the Television Awards, ranging from programme genres to behind-the-scenes work.
50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy, Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge, The Imelda May Show and The Seven O’Clock Show will compete in the entertainment category, while Fair City, Red Rock and Ros na Run will battle for Best Irish Soap.
Sharon Horgan is nominated for Best Female Performance for her role in Catastrophe, alongside Andrea Irvine (Red Rock), Jane McGrath (Red Rock), Aisling O’Neill (Fair City) and Jennifer Zamparelli (Bridget and Eamon).
O'Carroll is up against Red Rock’s Sean Mahon for Best Male Performance for his role as Brian McGonigle, as is his co-star Patrick Ryan, Fair City’s Karl Shiels and Hardy Bucks’ Chris Tordoff.
RTE landed two nominations in the current affairs category for Claire Byrne Live – Leaders’ Debate and RTE Investigates – Standards in the Public Office, with The People’s Debate on TV3 and BBC NI Spotlight: Selling Northern Ireland also being nominated.
Read the full list of nominees here.