Former 2fm presenter is suing Twitter for defamation
Former 2fm presenter Eoghan McDermott has broken his silence for the first time after suddenly quitting his high-profile job with the station a year ago.
In February 2021, he left his breakfast show that he co-presented with Doireann Garrihy and no reason was given for his departure.
This afternoon saw him post on social media for the first time in a year.
He wrote: “A few months ago, false allegations were made about me. Despite not being investigated or verified, these allegations were spread widely, the effects of which I am still processing. I hope the below can close this chapter.
“At the request of and with consideration for the other party to this dispute, I will not be commenting any further on this matter.”
Mr McDermott accompanied the Twitter post with a letter issued by Mary Cowhey Solicitors, representing his accuser, to his own solicitor Paul Tweed.
The letter said that during the course of some internet postings and a number of tweets made through an anonymous Twitter account in March 2021, their client made false allegations against the presenter.
“Those remarks arose out of a relationship they had in or around October 2010,” it read.
“Our client accepts there were a number of serious falsehoods contained in her publications, which may have caused distress to your client and those closest to him.
“Our client sincerely regrets publishing the inaccuracies contained in those publications and acknowledges that they have had a harmful effect on your client and those closes to him.
“These inaccuracies were the product of the elapse of time since 2010 and the published tweets. They also stemmed out of an unreasonable reliance placed on false information from third parties.”
It went on to state that their client accepts she was at the age of consent at the time that she and Mr McDermott met or engaged in a physical relationship, contrary to the original claim.
“She acknowledges the severity of this false claim and retracts it unequivocally. Our client also accepts, without reservation, that she falsely claimed that your client had fled the country on account of these claims,” it adds.
Suggestions by their client that members of his family were in An Garda Síochána were also “inaccurate and unfounded”.
They also said their client accepts that it was wrong to tweet and retweet unfounded allegations of sexual assault by third parties as well as making “entirely false” claims he was involved in illegal drug use in a work-related video.
“Our client regrets her actions and acknowledges that her actions have caused, and continue to cause, detriment and distress to your client and those close to him,” it adds.
Their client accepts that Mr McDermott disputes her version of what happened during their relationship.
“Our client has deleted the statements she published both on Twitter and Reddit and undertakes not to republish them on any forum, public or private,” it states.
Separately, Mr McDermott issued defamation proceedings on Tuesday against Twitter in the High Court.
He is being represented in that matter by Dublin law firm Harringtons LLP. Solicitor David Harrington said the firm had no comment to make at this time.
Meanwhile when asked about the possibility of Mr McDermott returning to RTÉ in the wake of his statement today, an RTÉ spokesperson said they had "no comment to make".