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George back in Montrose newsroom

RTE star George Lee is making an official return to the newsroom after Montrose bosses deemed his 'political decontamination' complete.

Mr Lee's departure from the state broadcaster made headlines when in 2009 he abruptly left his prominent job as economics editor to run in a by-election, winning with more than 53pc of the first preference vote.

However, his stint in the political world was short-lived, and he left voters shocked when he quitted the Dail last year after claiming he had "virtually no influence or input" in the decision-making process in Fine Gael.

Despite the fact that he officially returned to working with RTE last May, fears of political bias prevented him returning to his mainstream on-air role, as well as the fact that his previous position had been filled by Sean Whelan.


After resuming his €150,000 job with the state broadcaster, he was not given any official role, although he was kept busy hosting radio shows Mind Your Business and The Business.

But he is now making his triumphant return to the newsroom, where he will take on the new role as consumer affairs correspondent.

An RTE spokesperson said: "He will work on consumer affairs and will help to explain statistics, a natural progression from his work on The Business."