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From 'Bosco' to bugging claims

OF the three-person Ombudsman Commission, Kieran Fitzgerald, pictured, has appeared the most competent communicator in dealing with the media thus far.

But that may be due to his years spent working in news, most notably as a reporter and producer of current affairs television programmes in RTE, including 'Prime Time' and 'Liveline' for Radio One.

He also spent some years as a freelance print journalist and was voted News and Current Affairs Journalist of the Year in 1999.

The more seasoned observers may also recall his time spent on the 'Late Late Show' and in particular the 'Toy Show' where he was one of Gay Byrne's "little helpers".

Tasks are understood to have included reviewing books. There was a brief stint working behind the scenes on the 'Bosco' show as well, which is understood to have involved herding excited children and audience members though the Montrose campus.

More recently, Mr FitzGerald had served as head of communications and research for the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission and he is also a former chair of the Dublin Broadcasting Branch of the National Union of Journalists.

Irish Independent