Dunphy: Gerry Ryan's death a warning to me about cocaine
Eamon Dunphy has revealed that the death of his friend Gerry Ryan was a wake-up call to many people about the dangers of cocaine.
Cocaine has come back in the spotlight this week as Michael Gove's confession that he took the drug 20 years ago leaves his Tory leadership bid in Britain hanging in the balance.
In Ireland, a recent study revealed access to cocaine was as easy as ordering a cab, with the nation the third highest user of the drug in Europe.
In his podcast 'The Stand', Dunphy said he had given up cocaine before Ryan died in 2010 - but the popular 2fm star's tragic death was still a watershed in his life.
The broadcaster was speaking to 'Sunday World' investigations editor Nicola Tallant about the scourge of cocaine.
"Gerry Ryan, who was someone I admired greatly and liked greatly and was a friend of mine, died as a result of taking cocaine," he said.
"But even before that I'd stopped because what you were actually taking was just rubbish, it was dangerous rubbish. Gerry's death, I think, was a wake-up call for me and many other people that this so-called party drug was extremely dangerous.
"So I had my own sort of conscience to reflect on long before Gerry died, but I made a vow at that time never to take it again.
"I have consumed cocaine, not terribly often, because as I said at the time you can't get good cocaine in this town. It was kind of a party drug and I was guilty of consuming it...
"The serious point here is as a journalist it was very expensive to raise that issue and almost cost me my job."
Dunphy added that there was much more shame around the consumption of heroin in comparison to cocaine, which he said was acceptable at a certain level of society.