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Serial killer suspect's brother meets Miriam

RTE'S Miriam O'Callaghan will interview the brother of convicted rapist Larry Murphy on her RTE chatshow this week.

The Herald can reveal how Tom Murphy, who has publicly stated that he wants nothing to do with his estranged brother upon his release next month, will give his most sensational interview yet on her popular series Saturday Night With Miriam this weekend.

Larry Murphy, originally from Baltinglass, has served just 10 years for the horrific abduction and rape of a woman in 2000, and has since been linked to the disappearances of Annie McCarrick, Jo Jo Dullard and Deirdre Jacob.

His brother Tom recently spoke out to assure locals in the Wicklow area that he would not be harbouring the suspected serial killer upon his release.

Miriam admits it will be one of her most challenging interviews yet and hopes she will be able to tackle it in a sensitive manner.

"It's a controversial one," she explained. "Obviously it's very serious and it will have to be handled very carefully. I think it's a case of you shouldn't be held guilty just by association and it's only right that Tom should be given the opportunity to say his piece," she added.

The mum-of-eight went on to explain how her current series has been one of the most successful yet, with an impressive 550,000 viewers tuning in last weekend.

Miriam and her husband, Steve Carson, director of Programming at RTE, will enjoy a staycation with their family this year once the series ends, with a trip planned to Killarney in August.

The family also spent time in the UK last week, taking in stops at Thomas The Tank Engineland, Alton Towers and London during their trip.

Today meanwhile will see the RTE star step out to host a special lunch at Fallon & Byrne, on Exchequer Street, to celebrate the progression of women in Ireland over the past 50 years, as well as 50 years of the birth control pill.

And despite being known for her own large family Miriam says that she was very much in favour of the introduction of the female contraceptive pill.

"I think everyone would agree it was a revolutionary thing for the women of Ireland.


"I know it may seem a bit ironic because I have a lot of children myself but I'd have to admit I think it is a very good thing.

"At the end of the day it allows women to go out and work and have a career and plan their families around that.

"Life has changed for women over the course of those 50 years but only a certain amount. You just have to be prepared to work 10 times as hard as the man if you want the job and the family," she added.

Also speaking at the event was Dr Nina Byrnes, a GP, columnist and presenter of RTE's Health Of The Nation, and Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, of UCD.