Lucy Kennedy a 'luxury RTE can no longer afford' as contract comes to an end
LUCY Kennedy's two-year radio contract at RTE has not been renewed, as it was considered she was a "luxury" the national broadcaster couldn't afford.
The 36-year-old told the Irish Independent that she is now operating in a freelance capacity at the station, after her 24-month contract ended in August.
It followed the axing of Kennedy's 2FM weekend show with Baz Ashmawy in July.
The mother of two, who was speaking at the launch of a charity calendar for the Coombe Hospital in Dublin yesterday, is in talks with a number of independent radio stations.
She has not severed her links with RTE and has been lined up to front an upcoming documentary about the story of chocolate, which will be filmed in Ghana next month and is expected to air next March.
Kennedy was on hand yesterday to help Friends of the Coombe launch their 2013 calendar, which features 19 children who were born and cared for in the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Dublin.
Four-year-old Barra Hughes, from Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, arrived at 24 weeks and suffered from a chronic lung condition.
His parents, Aidan Hughes and Mairead Tobin, told the Irish Independent that their son's health was "touch and go" after his birth.
"We were here for four-and-a-half months with Barra and he was ventilated for two of those, so it was a long stint."
Funds raised from the calendar, which costs €10 and can be bought at www.friendsofthecoombe.iewill go towards incubators in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.